Criminal Enforcement Overview
EPA’s criminal enforcement program pursues individual and corporate defendants who have committed serious environmental crimes by providing:
- Federal, state and local prosecutors with the evidence needed to prosecute environmental crimes
- Environmental forensic analyses and technical evaluations for both civil and criminal enforcement
- Computer evidence retrieval and evaluation
- Expert legal advice and counsel to EPA, U.S. Attorneys and the Department of Justice
EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988, and today the program employs special agents and investigators, forensic scientists and technicians, lawyers, and support staff.