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EPA Proposes Increased Oversight Of State Enforcement Activities

U.S. EPA recently issued a draft strategy document in response to a December 2011 Inspector General Report that found inadequate enforcement of environmental laws at the state level. U.S. EPA's draft " National Strategy for Improving Oversight of State Enforcement Performance " outlines...

EPA’s OECA Announces Enforcement Tools for Civil Enforcement Cases and Administrative Settlements

By Randy Brogdon , Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP In a recent memo issued by EPA’s Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance (OECA), Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles announced that four specific “enforcement tools” should be considered “in all civil enforcement...

U.S. EPA – Next Generation Enforcement – Already Here With More Coming Soon

The 2016 budget focus for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“U.S. EPA”) is on continued implementation of its “Next Generation” enforcement initiative, and this could mean big costs for manufacturers who choose to adapt their environmental compliance practices...

What Is On the Mind of the DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division?

On July 23, 2015, John Cruden, head of DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, gave this speech to the American Bar Association Litigation Section on the current direction of federal environmental enforcement efforts. It touches upon issues we are consciously or subconsciously managing...