Strong Civil and Criminal Enforcement Emphasized in Department of Justice’s 2011 Environmental Enforcement Authorities

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For the Department of Justice's (“DOJ’s”) civil and criminal environmental enforcement arm – the Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”) – 2010 was an "extraordinarily busy year and a very successful one," according to its chief, Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno. Expect 2011 to be no different. In recently presented remarks, Ms. Moreno reviewed ENRD's activities in the past year and outlined its environmental enforcement priorities for 2011.

With regard to 2010, she applauded the following environmental enforcement achievements:

- collecting $6.5 billion in injunctive relief;

- collecting $81 million in civil and stipulated penalties;

- securing commitments by responsible parties to perform over $750 million worth of clean up work at contaminated sites;

prosecuting fifty criminal cases against seventy-nine defendants; and

- in connection with those prosecutions, obtaining twenty-eight years of jail time and $89 million in criminal penalties and restitution payments.

Turning to her 2011 enforcement priorities, Ms. Moreno discussed the following...

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