Enforcement

Criminal Enforcement

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EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988. It enforces the nation's laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment. The Criminal Enforcement Overview provides more information on investigative activities. Read more about adjudicated case summaries in the monthly Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin.

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Duke Energy Subsidiaries Plead Guilty and Sentenced to Pay $102 Million for Clean Water Act Crimes-

Three Subsidiaries of the largest utility in the United States pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act and agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia. “The massive coal ash spill into North Carolina’s Dan River last year was a crime and it was the result of repeated failures by Duke Energy’s subsidiaries to exercise controls over coal ash facilities.” -Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden. More Information...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Norwegian Shipping Company and Engineering Officers Charged with Environmental Crimes and Obstruction of Justice.  May 13, 2015.  More Information...
  • Dairy Company Owner Sentenced to Six Months of Home Detention and $15,000 Fine for Discharging 11,000 Gallons of Cow Feces into the French Broad River.  May 1, 2015.  More Information...
  • Florida Men Sentenced for Poisoning Wildlife and Hunting Dogs in Bullock County.  April 30, 2015.  More Information...
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