To address environmental problems EPA uses innovative strategies that combine the following tools:
- Compliance assistance helps the regulated community (business, industry and government) understand and meet their environmental obligations.
- Compliance incentives provide new and creative ways of achieving environmental results.
- Compliance monitoring and enforcement help protect the environment by assuring compliance with federal environmental laws.
- Enforcement: EPA works to ensure compliance with environmental requirements but, when warranted, will take civil or criminal enforcement action.
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