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Steve Solow Comments on the Complexity of EPA Investigations and Its Lack of Resources

Firm News | February 23, 2016

Steve Solow, co-head of the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice and of the White Collar, Investigations and Compliance practice, was quoted by Bloomberg BNA in an article profiling the enforcement priorities of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2016. The EPA's enforcement chief, Cynthia Giles, said that the EPA will use new technologies to identify enforcement cases, as a way to deal with agency budget restraints. Solow noted that if EPA increases their ability to generate cases, but has limited resources to work the cases, "it tends to mean [that] these cases [will] drag on, and as they drag on they are both a strain on resources and on people." He added that, "Even if [the EPA is] able to overcome the lack of some resources to generate more leads through technology, the cases still have to be worked, and the level of difficulty for the government of working a complex case today versus what it was 20 years ago is immense." ("Air Toxics, Hazardous Waste Top EPA Enforcement Priorities," January 14, 2016)

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