Message from the Assistant Administrator on Enforcement and Compliance Results for FY 2010
Hi, I'm Cynthia Giles, the Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. At EPA we are committed to aggressive civil and criminal enforcement that addresses our nation's most serious water, air and chemical hazards. This commitment is grounded in the knowledge that people not only desire, but expect, protection of the water they drink, the air they breathe and the communities they call home.
Our civil and criminal enforcement programs ensure compliance with our nation's environmental laws and act as a powerful deterrent, sending the message that violations of the laws that protect the environment and the health of communities will have serious consequences. Strong enforcement also levels the playing field for corporate America. Ensuring that companies that cut corners or put communities and the environment at risk are brought to justice.
In 2010, we took enforcement actions at more than 4,500 facilities throughout the United States. These actions will reduce more than 1.4 billion pounds of harmful air and water pollution, save billions of dollars in avoided health costs, and lead to an all time record investment of 12 billion in environmental controls that will reduce pollution and create green jobs.
We also reached several milestones in 2010, for example, we increased the number of our criminal investigators to more 200. We look forward to the positive impact this will have as we shift focus to look more strategically at criminal cases with the greatest environmental impact.
We encourage you to view and explore our results using the interactive map that highlights our civil and criminal cases as well as the work we are doing to make environmental justice a reality.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team of special agents, lawyers, scientists, and policy staff, EPA's enforcement and compliance program has a strong record of success. Now is the time to build on that momentum. We are happy to share our annual results with you because we know an informed public is a great ally. We are on the job and we look forward to another successful year enforcing our nation's environmental laws.