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MAR 2018

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Page 16 of 75 March 2018 • 15 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AGENCIES The Environmental Protection Agency has released Fiscal Year 2017 enforcement and compliance results, highlighting civil and criminal case activity. "A strong enforcement program is essential to achieving positive health and environmental outcomes," says Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine. "In 2017, we focused on expediting site cleanup, deterring noncompliance, and returning facilities to compliance with the law, while respecting the cooperative federalism structure of our nation's environmental laws." Among EPA FY 2017 enforcement accomplishments: • $1.6 billion in administrative and civil judicial penalties, higher than any of the previous 10 years other than FY 2016, which included the $5.7 billion BP action. • An increase in the value of commitments by private parties to clean up sites to more than $1.2 billion. • An increase in the total of criminal fines, restitution, and mitigation to $2.98 billion. • An increase in the years of incarceration resulting from EPA's criminal enforcement actions to 150 years. • An increase in the value of actions taken to improve compliance with the law and reduce pollution, to nearly $20 billion. • An increase in the environmental benefits of EPA Superfund and RCRA Corrective Action enforcement, with commitments to address an estimated 20.5 million cubic yards of contaminated soil and 412 million cubic yards of contaminated water. States and tribes are often authorized to be the primary imple- menters of federal environmental law. Accordingly, the overwhelming majority of EPA's enforcement actions are taken in programs that are: (1) not delegable to the state or a federally-recognized tribe; (2) in states or tribes that have not sought authorization to implement a delegable program; or (3) in states or tribes that do not have the resources, expertise, or the will to take action, or that seek assistance from the Agency—and all of these actions are taken in coordination with the states or tribes. As a result, in FY 2017, EPA continued the trend of reducing the number of individual federal inspections and federal enforcement actions. These numbers do not count informal actions or EPA assistance with state enforcement actions. Looking forward, EPA is developing new measures to help focus the enforcement program on returning facilities to compliance by setting goals to reduce the time between the identification of an environmental law violation and its correction and to increase envi- ronmental law compliance rates. Also, EPA is developing measures to fully capture all the enforcement and compliance assistance work the Agency undertakes by tracking informal, as well as formal, enforce- ment and compliance actions and support to states. AGENCY DOCUMENTS A YEAR OF BALANCED COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

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