Enviro Cos., Beware Of More EPA Criminal Enforcement
February 14, 2013, 1:13 PM EST
Law360, New York (February 14, 2013, 1:13 PM EST) -- The recent release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency results of enforcement and compliance statistics for the fiscal year 2012, ending on Sept. 30, 2012, confirms that criminal prosecution remains an important component of the EPA’s enforcement program. These statistics show a slight drop in the number of criminal investigations initiated — 320 in fiscal year 2012 down from 371 fiscal year 2011.
Also, the number of defendants charged in 2012 marginally decreased to 231. Nonetheless, it remained above the five-year average of 229. Additionally, criminal...