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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HEADLINES

Georgia Man Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison For Discharging Waste Into Potomac River -

"This government contractor is now paying the price for ripping off the taxpayer and dumping waste in the Potomac River,” said U.S. Attorney Machen.  “This prison sentence demonstrates how serious we are about enforcing the Clean Water Act.  We will continue to use the criminal laws to protect our country’s most treasured natural resources.
Read more in the Press Release...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Surf City Resident and Captain of "The Raven" Pleads Guilty to Violating the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act. September 29, 2014.  More Information...
  • Saltwater Disposal Well Operator Pleads Guilty to Multiple Felony Charges in Connection with Operation of Well.  September 26, 2014.  More Information...
  • Delaware Real Estate Developer Indicted for False Statements and Environmental Violations.  More Information... 
  • Augusta Man Sentenced For Repackaging Pesticide And Making A False Statement To Federal Agents.  September 17, 2014.  More Information...
  • Indiana Manufacturer Pleads Guilty to Clean Air Act False Statement Violations.
    September 18, 2014.  More Information...
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