Enforcement

Enforcement Annual Results for Fiscal Year 2012

BP Deep Water Horizon oil rig fire

MOEX Offshore Settlement:
EPA’s investigation of MOEX, one of the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, led to a $90 million penalty and commitments to help restore the Gulf Coast.

Scotts Miracle-Gro Settlement:
EPA’s civil and criminal enforcement against the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company resulted in a $12 million combined penalty, the largest ever in a pesticides case.

Midnight Mine Superfund Settlement:
EPA reached a $193 million Superfund settlement to clean up a former uranium mine site located within the reservation of the Spokane Tribe of Indians.

In a groundbreaking case, Marathon Petroleum Company agreed to install state-of-the-art controls on its flares, reducing harmful air pollution by 5,400 tons per year.

EPA enforcement of the nation’s environmental laws protects families and communities from harmful pollution that can cause serious health issues. In fiscal year 2012, EPA took on high priority cases to reduce large sources of pollution and deter violators, addressed pollution problems that have significant health impacts and implemented innovative solutions to protect the environment upon which healthy communities depend.

EPA enforcement accomplishments in FY 2012, include:

  •  $252 million in criminal fines and civil penalties assessed to deter pollution
  •  6.6 billion pounds of pollution and hazardous waste reduced, eliminated, properly disposed of or treated
  •  $44 million in additional investments for supplemental environmental projects that benefit communities
  • Improving compliance with drinking water regulations by 60%: Sustained and focused enforcement attention on serious violators of clean drinking water standards has resulted in dramatic improvements in compliance.
  • Progress cleaning up raw sewage and stormwater: 67% of large municipalities with combined sewer overflows are now on track to address their local water issues, many using innovations like green infrastructure to help reduce stormwater flows.
  • Bringing criminal prosecutions where criminal activity threatens public health: EPA is taking criminal enforcement action against companies or individuals who fail to use required pollution control equipment, knowingly violate pollution rules, resulting in death or serious harm, or falsify pollution information. See a case example in Louisiana.
  • Advancing environmental justice: EPA incorporated fenceline monitoring into settlements, ensuring that local residents have access to critical information about pollution that may be affecting their community. See an oil refinery case example.

See the FY 2012 National Enforcement Initiative accomplishments.

Read the news release - Dec. 17, 2012