Frequent Questions

How does the environmental enforcement and compliance process work?

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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