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Environmental Enforcement in 2021 and Beyond

Under a Biden Administration, companies should expect a new emphasis on environmental enforcement:

  • New leaders at EPA and DOJ charting a new direction on enforcement
  • New support of agency budgets for more inspections and enforcement activities
  • Renewed attention on the energy and industrial sectors
  • Expanding Environmental Justice programs and initiatives
  • More frequent government information requests for facility compliance data and records
  • And a potential increase in citizen suits under the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and other statutes

Our team has deep experience advising on all aspects of enforcement across all environmental laws and regulations including:

  • Former DOJ environmental prosecutors and officials who worked on the front lines - including a former Acting Assistant AG of the DOJ Environment & Natural Resources Division
  • A former Chief of Staff for the DOJ Environment Division & Associate Deputy Attorney General
  • A former Chief of the DOJ Environmental Crimes Section

The EPA reports a steady decline in the number of facility inspections over the last decade and a drop in civil and criminal enforcement cases. New trends may emerge with more enforcement cases of greater complexity and impacts.

Corporate environmental compliance has never been more important.

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