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

  • New York Property Owner and Manager Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Conspiring to Violate the Clean Air Act.  September 8, 2014.  More Information
  • Alabama Pest Control Company and Its Owner Sentenced for Unlawful Application of Pesticides at Georgia Nursing Homes.  More Information...
  • Venango County Man Falsified Certificates Related to Plugging Abandoned Oil Wells.  More Information...
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