Enforcement

Criminal Enforcement

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EPA's criminal enforcement program was established in 1982 and was granted full law enforcement authority by Congress in 1988. It enforces the nation's laws by investigating cases, collecting evidence, conducting forensic analyses and providing legal guidance to assist in the prosecution of criminal conduct that threatens people's health and the environment. The Criminal Enforcement Overview provides more information on investigative activities. Read more about adjudicated case summaries in the monthly Environmental Crimes Case Bulletin.

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Carl Kieser sentenced to eight years in prison for mail fraud, tax evasion, and illegal application of a pesticide inconsistent with its labeling-

Kieser manufactured, advertised, sold and distributed a product he called Pond Clear Plus. Kieser’s advertisements falsely and fraudulently represented that Pond Clear Plus could control lake weeds and algae “Mother Nature’s Way,” with “No Chemicals...”  Kieser knew Pond Clear Plus contained the chemical pesticide Diuron 80DF, which was prohibited by its EPA-approved labeling from being applied directly to water.  Read more in the Press Release...

Recent Criminal Case Milestones

  • Rhode Island Chemical Company to Plead Guilty to Violating Clean Air Act for Failing to Develop and Implement Risk Storage Plan.  More Information...
  • McDowell County Woman Sentenced in Federal Court for Filing Fraudulent Water Quality Reports.  More Information...
  • Two more former Freedom Industries officials plead guilty to environmental crimes. More Information...
  • Former Freedom Industries Executives Plead Guilty to Environmental Crimes. Press Coverage...
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