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The Clean Air Act Handbook

Book | May 2, 2016

The "Clean Air Act Criminal Enforcement" chapter in the American Bar Association's fourth edition of The Clean Air Act Handbook summarizes the various ways in which the government can criminally prosecute violations of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA). It provides a primer and practice-oriented overview on criminal investigations and prosecution under the CAA, including the exercise of both investigative and prosecutorial discretion, parallel proceedings, case resolution and litigation, as well as ancillary issues such as suspension and debarment. The chapter also discusses the multitude of ways in which the government can criminally prosecute CAA violations—from direct violation of applicable standards to false reporting. Finally, the chapter provides analysis of the ways in which practitioners can position their clients to effectively respond to criminal enforcement actions.

*Katherine V. Barajas, an associate in the Environmental and Workplace Safety practice and candidate for admission to the Washington, DC Bar, contributed to this chapter.

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