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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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Carl Kieser sentenced to eight years in prison for mail fraud, tax evasion, and illegal application of a pesticide inconsistent with its labeling-

Kieser manufactured, advertised, sold and distributed a product he called Pond Clear Plus. Kieser’s advertisements falsely and fraudulently represented that Pond Clear Plus could control lake weeds and algae “Mother Nature’s Way,” with “No Chemicals...”  Kieser knew Pond Clear Plus contained the chemical pesticide Diuron 80DF, which was prohibited by its EPA-approved labeling from being applied directly to water.  Read more in the Press Release...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Duke Energy Subsidiaries Charged With Clean Water Act Violations.  More Information...
  • Former Berkshire Power Employees Charged in Air Pollution Scheme.  More Information...
  • Houston Man Charged With False Statements In Relation To Blowout Preventer Testing On Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico.  More Information...
  • Cleveland Metal Plating Company Fined For Making Illegal Discharges Into Sewer System.  More Information...
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