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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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.
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Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Drilling Company Charged with Environmental and Maritime Crimes in Alaska.  December 8, 2014.  More Information...
  • Two Tampa Corporations and Four Tampa Residents Sentenced in Connection with Scheme to Unlawfully Sell an Unregistered Pesticide and Obstruct Justice.  December 5, 2014.
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  • Former Inspector for the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture Pleads Guilty to Falsfying EPA Reports.  November 20, 2014.  More Information...
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