More EPA fines coming thanks to Obama budget increase

EPA is expanding its crackdown on environmental violations, thanks in part to a 34% budget increase from President Obama.

EPA now has a record high budget and 24 more criminal investigators in the field.

One of EPA’s top enforcement directors, Fred Burnside, recently warned about the agency’s reinvigorated inspection push, at an American Law Institute/American Bar Association conference.

Burnside said EPA’s goal is to make it painful for any company that treats the occasional EPA fine as just a cost of doing business.

He also came armed with this statistic: When companies appeal an EPA fine, the agency wins about 95% of the time.

So what are EPA cops’ current top priorities? As laid out by the agency’s new administrator, Lisa Jackson, they are:

  • stormwater compliance, especially at construction sites
  • hazardous waste management
  • oil spills, including measures to make sure they don’t happen or are contained quickly, and
  • air toxic emissions near schools and in low-income neighborhoods.

More information about EPA enforcement priorities can be found here.

0 thoughts on “More EPA fines coming thanks to Obama budget increase”

  1. Feel bad for businesses that might feel the sting for properly disposing of or handling toxic waste, but there is a human cost in not doing so – in the form of contaminated freshwater which we may drink, or damage to wildlife and their habitats. It’s called being a conscientious and responsible business owner. This is the new standard by which consumers will measure the companies they buy from, and I believe that it is time that we accept that standard willingly, rather than grudgingly – the companies that do, will be rewarded for it.

  2. Easily, your article is really a worthw hile contribution to Obama and his tasks. Although I do not harmonise with some minor points in general I´m fully on your way. I´m looking forward to see his upcoming stories about health questions. Just saying thanks for your Good work and writing is an important thing nowadays. Go ahead.

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