Enforcement

Criminal Enforcement

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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Company Owner Sentenced To More Than Two Years In Prison For Dumping Fracking Waste In Mahoning River Tributary -

“Discharging pollution into waterways is illegal and endangers human health, wildlife and the environment,” said Randall Ashe, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in Ohio.  “Oil and gas production must include safe, legal treatment and disposal of drilling byproducts. Today’s sentence reflects EPA’s commitment to protecting our natural resources and the communities that rely upon them.”
Read more in the Press Release...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • North Carolina Recycling Business and Owner Sentenced to Unlawful Handling of PCB-Contaminated Oil, Tax Violations, and False Statements.  July 16, 2014.  More Information...
  • Former CEO of New London Manufacturing Company Pleads Guilty to Violating Clean Water Act.  July 8, 2014. More Information...
  • Tri State Environmental Group and Aftermath Cleanup & Remediation Services, LLC, will pay fines totalling $1 million for failing to properly dispose of asbestos contaiing waste material (ACWM).  July 8, 2014. More Information...
  • Houston Man Charged with Biofuels Fraud Scheme.  June 19, 2014.  More Information...
  • Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges for Discharging Waste into Potomac River.  June 5, 2014.  More Information...
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