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G545
Law, Order and the EPA

Mark P. Rossow, Ph.D, PE Retired

This online engineering PDH course presents an overview of the Criminal Enforcement Program of the Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the Program is to investigate, help prosecute, and deter the most egregious environmental offenders. Environmental laws include criminal provisions that address knowing and negligent environmental violations. Criminal enforcement brings to bear the possibility of incarceration and monetary fines that are EPA’s strongest sanctions. The course discusses these aspects of the Program and in addition describes sixteen landmark cases in environmental law. The seriousness of the subject of the course is illustrated by the Congressional testimony of an EPA administrator: “While both corporations and individuals pay penalties, only individuals can go to prison – a sanction that no one can pass along to the American consumer as just another cost of doing business.”

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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