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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Owners & Managers of Former Salvage Operations at Former Textile Plant in Tennessee Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy Associated with Illegal Asbestos Removal -

Former manager of A&E Salvage sentenced to statutory maximum of five years in prison.  Four other managers also receive prison sentences and judge orders $10.3 million restitution payment for Superfund cleanup.
Read more in the Press Release...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Ronan Businessman Sentenced for Illegally Disposing of Sewage.  January 16, 2015.  More Information...
  • New Jersey Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Trafficking in Illegally-Imported Narwhal Tusks and Money Laundering.  January 12, 2015. More Information...
  • Pipeline Corrosion Monitor Pleads Guilty to Pipeline Safety Violations and False Statements.  January 7, 2015.  More Information...
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