January 19, 2017
United States Environmental Protection Agency 2016 Annual Enforcement Report
POSTED BYKen Kirk, P.G.
According to its 2016 annual enforcement report, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) collected approximately $6 billion in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties and criminal fines during Fiscal Year 2016. It also secured investments by companies to spend more than $13.7 billion in actions and equipment to control pollution. This represents a significant increase over fines collected in 2015, when only $207 million in civil penalties were collected. The increase in 2016 was largely attributable to a record $5.6 billion Clean Water Act penalty assessed against BP for the Deepwater Horizon event. It is also important to note that the $13.7 billion in pollution control investments doesn’t include the approximately $15 billion penalty that Volkswagen agreed to pay in 2017. A copy of the 2016 Annual Enforcement Report can be viewed here.