Federal Environmental Regulation Overview

On December 16, 2013, the Congressional Research Service published a report titled Federal Pollution Control Laws: How Are They Enforced?

This report is available for download here by clicking on THIS LINK.

The report synopsis is:

This report provides an overview of the statutory framework, key players, infrastructure,
resources, tools, and operations associated with enforcement and compliance of the major
pollution control laws and regulations administered by EPA. It also outlines the roles of federal
(including regional offices) and state regulators, as well as the regulated community.
Understanding the many facets of how all federal pollution control laws are enforced, and the
responsible parties involved, can be challenging. Enforcement of the considerable body of these
laws involves a complex framework and organizational setting.

To give you an idea of what the report covers, I have included its contents:

Introduction

1

Federal and State Government Interaction

3

Federal Funding and Staffing for Enforcement Activities

4

Other Enforcement Issues

5

Statutory Framework for Enforcement of Pollution Control Laws and Key Players

6

Statutory Framework

6

Key Players in Environmental Enforcement and Compliance

7

US Environmental Protection Agency

7

US Department of Justice

9

Other Federal Agencies

9

States and “Delegated Authority” 

10

Tribal Governments 

13

Citizens 

14

Regulated Community

14

Enforcement at Federal Facilities 

17

Enforcement Response and Compliance Tools 

19

Monitoring, Inspections, and Evaluations 

20

Civil Administrative Actions 

22

Civil Judicial Enforcement 

23

Criminal Judicial Enforcement 

23

Sanctions and Penalties 

27

Penalties Assessed to Federal Facilities 

29

Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) 

30

Environmental Justice and Enforcement/Compliance 

31

Compliance Assistance and Incentive Approaches

33

Funding for Enforcement/Compliance Activities 

35

Conclusion 

40


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