criminal indictment

August 30, 2018

DOJ/EPA pursue criminal charges involving environment and worker safety . . .

The recent indictments out of Nebraska related to the deaths of two workers and mishandling of hazardous waste demonstrates EPA’s and DOJ’s continued focus on the intersection of environmental protection and worker safety.  With substantially larger criminal penalties for certain environmental violations than available in worker safety statutes, the DOJ, EPA and OSHA will look to apply […]
July 27, 2018

Feds criminally charge water company for hazardous waste violations . . .

The recent multi-defendant indictment against companies in the water and waste industries is one more sign that the environmental cop remains on the beat.  Keep an eye on staffing levels in EPA’s criminal program to see if this type of critical enforcement work can continue at the level needed to keep the playing field level and the public […]
April 27, 2017

Pew Research Issues New Study on Flint Water Crisis

Just Google the term “Flint Water Crisis” and you’ll generate 1.6 million hits.  It’s a story that has gripped the Nation since it first unfolded in 2015.  News spread like wildfire over social media and the mainstream news, and government officials who responded too slow quickly became overtaken by the story. Even before the water […]
September 8, 2016

DOJ Indicts Wastewater Operator and Engineering Company for CWA Violations

Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of Pennsylvania FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, September 7, 2016 Clark Summit Man And Engineering Firm Indicted For Violations Of Clean Water Act And Tampering With Government Witness SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that David D. Klepadlo, age […]
August 31, 2016

EPA Inspector General Launches Investigation Into EPA Oversight of State Drinking Water

This week EPA’s Inspector General’s Office sent a letter to Joel Beauvais, head of EPA’s office of water, and Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement office, advising the Agency’s leadership of its plan to begin evaluating the effectiveness of EPA’s oversight of state drinking water quality programs, particularly the reporting of drinking water sampling.  The OIG letter, which can […]
July 29, 2016

Six More Public Officials Criminally Charged in the Flint Water Crisis

CNN is reporting that the Michigan Attorney General, Bill Schuette, has charged six state employees with criminal wrongdoing.  According to CNN, Six current and former Michigan employees were charged Friday in a widening criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis, state Attorney General Bill Schuette said. Additional charges could be forthcoming. Prosecutors said the state […]