Criminal Enforcement

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EPA's criminal enforcement program focuses on criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment.  It was established in 1982 and granted full law enforcement authority by congress in 1988. We enforce the nations laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist with prosecutions. 

Recent Criminal Headlines and Activity

Stark County man sentenced to more than three years in prison for dumping wastewater in Tuscarawas River. September 5, 2017. More Information

Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC. Convicted of Worker Safety and Clean Water Act Violations in Connection to Offshore Explosion. August 31, 2015. More Information

Eastern Iowa Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Failing to Pay Employment Taxes and Violating Clean Water Act. August 30, 2017. More Information...

Construction Company Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violations in Puerto Rico. August 16, 2017. More Information...

Man Who Illegally Disposed of Radioactive Waste Added to EPA’s List of Criminal Fugitives. August 15, 2017. More Information...

New York Man Pleads Guilty To Multi-State Biodiesel Fraud Scheme.  August 2,2017. More Information...

Volkswagen Senior Manager Pleads Guilty in Connection with Conspiracy to Cheat U.S. Emissions Tests.  August 4, 2017. More Information...

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Reporting Violations, Fugitives Information and Email Alerts

Click the appropriate links below for information on reporting environmental violations, viewing and reporting EPA fugitives information and signing up for criminal enforcement bulletins and alerts.

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