DOJ Enviro Crimes Section Leader Says Enforcement Coming

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (December 15, 2021, 8:01 PM EST) -- Federal prosecutors are quickly moving away from the Trump administration's policy of emphasizing compliance initiatives, rather than enforcement actions, the head of the U.S. Department of Justice's environmental crimes section said Wednesday.

Deborah Harris, the DOJ's environmental crimes section chief, said during an American Bar Association virtual conference that while there's been no official announcement from the DOJ or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, she expects that government investigators and lawyers are "going back to a little bit more stick than carrot," in terms of how they approach non-compliance with laws and regulations.

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