Enforcement

Enforcement Annual Results Analysis and Trends for Fiscal Year 2016

Analysis and Trends

The links below show our progress in meeting performance targets and the trends in our enforcement results from fiscal year (FY) 2012 to 2016.

  • Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA)
    Measure Number GPRA External Performance Measure FY 16 Target FY 16 Actual (rounded)
    409 Number of federal inspections and evaluations 15,500 13,500
    410 Number of civil judicial and administrative enforcement cases initiated 2,700 2,400
    411 Number of civil judicial and administrative enforcement cases concluded 2,400 2,400
    412 Percentage of open consent decrees reviewed for overall compliance status
    100%
    100%
    418 Percentage of criminal cases having the most significant health, environmental, and deterrence impacts
    45%
    68%
    420 Percentage of criminal cases with charges filed

    45%

    37%
    419 Percentage of criminal cases with individual defendants
    75%
    85%
    421 Percentage of conviction rate for criminal defendants
    85%
    94%
    400 * Millions of pounds of air pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated through concluded enforcement actions
    310 M lbs 
    239 M lbs 
    402 * Millions of pounds of water pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated through concluded enforcement actions
    250 M lbs
    69 M lbs
    404 * Millions of pounds of toxic and pesticide pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated through concluded enforcement actions
    2.3 M lbs
    16 M lbs
    405 Millions of pounds of hazardous waste pollutants reduced, treated, or eliminated through concluded enforcement actions
    2,400 M lbs
    61,900 M lbs
    417 Millions of cubic yards of contaminated soil and groundwater media EPA has obtained commitments to clean up as a result of concluded CERCLA and RCRA corrective action enforcement actions.

    200 M cu yds

    190 M cu yds
    285 Percentage of Superfund sites having viable, liable responsible parties other than the federal government where EPA reaches a settlement or takes an enforcement action before starting a remedial action.
    99%
    100%
    078 Percentage of all Superfund statute of limitations cases addressed at sites with unaddressed total past costs equal to or greater than $500,000.
    100%
    100%

    * GPRA measures 400, 402, and 404 respectively quantify pollutant releases that are or will be reduced, treated or eliminated to air, water, and land as a result of EPA enforcement actions. Measure 404 includes reductions of pollutant releases to land (e.g., RCRA non-hazardous waste, oil, gasoline, or solvents), as well as reductions in distribution of illegal products, including pesticides and new and existing chemicals.

Civil Enforcement Results

Criminal Enforcement Results

Superfund Enforcement Results

Other Civil Enforcement Results

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