Environmental Policing Nets Gains for District of Columbia
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded enforcement cases in fiscal year 2007 that will produce $215,209 in pollution controls and environmental projects protecting the District of Columbia’s air, water, and land. The cases include $176,384 in penalties that polluters will have to pay for violating federal environmental laws.
“Residents of the District of Columbia will benefit from cuts in pollution and from improvements in the way pollution is managed by these companies and facilities that are now complying with the law,” said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “The money these companies will have to spend in the District as a result of our environmental policing will also produce health benefits for the public.”
EPA’s calculations of environmental benefits from its cases in the District of Columbia include the reduction of nearly 24,152 pounds of pollutants.
EPA’s mid-Atlantic enforcement program inspected and took action for violations associated with eight different environmental statutes. The cases ranged from environmental reporting violations to mismanagement of hazardous waste to illegal discharges of pollutants.
For more information on EPA’s enforcement results in the mid-Atlantic region: http://www.epa.gov/region03/enforcement/accomplishments07.htm
More information on EPA’s FY 2007 enforcement and compliance program, including details of significant enforcement and compliance activities and data, is available on EPA’s fiscal year 2007 enforcement and compliance results: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/data/results/annual/fy2007.html
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