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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Disarm the EPA?

image of upper back and shoulders showing federal agent wordsEarlier this year, a Senate amendment called for disarming EPA’s criminal investigators.  But EPA’s agents face risks similar to those confronted by other law enforcement officers, explains Mike Fisher, the legal division director in the agency’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics & Training.  Get the Article...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Hood Canal Homeowner Pleads Guilty to Making False Statement to Federal Authorities.  July 9, 2015.  More Information...
  • Indiana Manufacturer Sentenced in Connection with Clean Air Act False Statement Violations. June 26, 2015. More Information...
  • Man Admits Dumping Raw Sewage on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. June 23, 2015.  More Information...
  • Willapa Bay Oyster Processor and Company President Plead Guilty to Violating Clean Water Act.  June 19, 2015.  More Information...
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