Enforcement

Criminal Enforcement

OCEFT SealEPA'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.  Our Criminal Enforcement Overview and Criminal Investigations pages provide more information on investigative activities, including the role of Special Agents and recognizing violations.  We also have a collection of videos which cover a variety of investigative topics.

Recent Criminal Headlines and Activity

Letcher Man Convicted of Unlawful Taking of a Bald Eagle and Unlawful Use of Pesticide. July 15, 2016. More Information...

Basin Man Sentenced to 18 Months for Clean Water Act Violations and Destruction of U.S. Property. July 20, 2016. More Information...

Former Fultonville Resident Sentenced to 18 Months for Environmental Fraud Scheme. July 13, 2016. More Information...

California Woman and Her Company Sentenced for Clean Air Act Violation. July 13, 2016. More Information...

Welch Group Environmental and its Owner Indicted on Storing Hazardous Waste and Releasing Hazardous Air Pollutants. July 12, 2016. 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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