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The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2012

Article | March 15, 2013

Katten attorneys Steven Solow and Anne Carpenter authored "The State of Environmental Crime Enforcement: A Survey of Developments in 2012," which appeared in the March 15, 2013, issue of Bloomberg BNA's Daily Environment Report. This year’s annual review of environmental crime enforcement looks at the prosecution of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and spill, which resulted in a guilty plea and the largest environmental penalty in US history. Solow and Carpenter also discuss the importance of corporate compliance and ethics programs, the government’s ability to assess the adequacy of those programs, and the lessons federal agencies can learn if they tap into their own enforcement experience as they develop regulatory programs. As they have in each of the seven years they have produced their annual review, the authors provide summaries of criminal cases brought around the country in 2012. In addition, the article features an interview with Douglas Parker, director of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, which oversees the agents who conduct investigations into criminal violations of federal environmental law.

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