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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New Jersey Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Biodiesel Fraud Scheme

Joseph Furando Mug ShotJoseph Furando, 50, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and fined more than $56 Million in restitution for his role in an elaborate scheme to defraud biodesel buyers and U.S. taxpayers by fraudulently selling biodiesel incentives... See the Full Press Release.

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Former Freedom Industries owner latest sentenced for role in chemical spill. February 8, 2016.  More Information...
  • Freedom Industries and former Freedom Industries plant manager sentenced for roles in Chemical spill. February 4, 2016. More Information...
  • Hayden Septic Waste Business Sentenced for Clean Water Act Violation. February 2, 2016.  More Information...
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