Enforcement of Environmental Crimes Increase Signaled by DOJ

Related Practices & Jurisdictions Thursday, January 6, 2022 At a recent conference, the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Todd Kim, delivered remarks strongly signaling an increased focus on prosecuting companies and individuals for environmental crimes, and placing a priority on all other enforcement. The remarks also emphasized two top Biden […]

DOJ Environmental Criminal Enforcement is Back

Thursday, December 16, 2021 This week, two senior U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Environment and Natural Resource Division (ENRD) officials used their remarks to the American Bar Association’s annual National Environmental Enforcement Conference to convey a clear message: environmental enforcement, and in particular criminal enforcement, is back. Companies and individuals […]

EPA Increases Environmental Justice Enforcement Actions

Betty Q. Hixson

Related Practices & Jurisdictions The EPA recently indicated that it will ramp up its activity with respect to environmental justice enforcement initiatives using pre-pandemic tools such as on-site facility inspections. The EPA’s focus on environmental justice reverse some Trump-era policies that limited the focus of EPA action on environmental justice, […]

Environmental Justice 101: Leveling the Playing Field in the Permitting Process

Betty Q. Hixson

March 2, 2022 The concept of “environmental justice” (or “EJ” among environmental practitioners) is not new.  It developed in response to the inordinate number of industrial facilities and contaminated sites located near underrepresented or overburdened communities, which adversely and disproportionately affected the health and well-being of those communities.  With […]