February 27, 2014

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Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its annual report on enforcement and compliance actions.  The report chronicles fiscal year 2013 and highlights the $5.6 billion in fines, restitution, civil penalties, and court-ordered projects EPA collected through civil and criminal actions.  This figure includes the $3.7 billion EPA collected as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill.  The report also provides a breakdown of trends in enforcement actions, noting that EPA initiated some 500 fewer civil cases in 2013.  This continues a downward trend in the number enforcement actions—a trend that EPA projects will continue, as we have previously reported.

Read more about the FY 2013 annual report.