Waste and Chemical Enforcement
EPA's vigorous enforcement program targets the most serious waste and chemical hazards and protects people from exposure to hazardous chemicals and wastes by:
- Preventing releases of hazardous chemicals that threaten public health or the environment.
- Pressing for cleanup of hazardous waste sites in communitiesand ensuring when possible that the polluter pays for the cleanup;
- Ensuring pesticides are properly registered and labelled and that new chemicals are reviewedfor unreasonable risks; and
- Improving transparency, expanding the conversation on environmentalism, and working for environmental justice by ensuring that communities are accurately informed about the releases to the environment that may impact their community.
EPA's hazardous waste enforcement program ensures that facilities that generate, store, treat or dispose of hazardous waste properly manage the waste and track it from the time it is generated until its ultimate disposal. The hazardous waste enforcement program also holds those responsible for hazardous waste sites accountable for cleanups or for reimbursing EPA for its cleanup efforts. When EPA detects violations, it takes enforcement actions to bring a facility into compliance and deter further violations.
EPA's chemicals enforcement program protects human health and the environment by ensuring that:
- chemical manufacturers submit notices before they manufacture chemicals so the Agency can determine whether the chemicals pose an unreasonable risk
- renovation firms follow lead-safe practices
- schools develop and maintain asbestos management plans
- companies properly manage and dispose of polychlorinated biphenyl's (PCBs), and
- companies register and properly label pesticides before they are sold.
The waste and chemicals annual results provide data and background about the Agency's enforcement actions, both nationally and where you live. Interactive maps show the facilities where land and multi-media civil and criminal actions were taken. Readers can view this information nationally, by state, and locally to get information about EPA's actions where they live, work and play.
For more information on waste and chemical enforcement see:
- Cleanup Enforcement
- Civil Enforcement
- PRP [Potentially Responsible Party] Search Manual (PDF) (2009 edition) (451pp, 15.96MB, About PDF)
- The Revitalization Handbook (2008 edition)