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.
Children in Custody at South Carolina Juvenile Justice Centers Held in Nightmarish Conditions, New Lawsuit Alleges
SOUTH CAROLINA – A lawsuit filed last night in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina alleges horrific living conditions for