Environmental Crimes: Raising the Stakes

81 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2010

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Robert W. Adler

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Charles Lord

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 11, 2010

Abstract

Although criminal sanctions have existed in federal and state environmental statutes for many years, criminal enforcement traditionally has taken a back seat to civil remedies. The past decade has seen increasing use of criminal remedies for egregious environmental violations and a very modest trend toward stiffer criminal penalties. But these efforts did not capture public awareness and apparently have not yet prompted significant improvements in environmental compliance. Two recent cases, however, have heightened media and public attention to criminal enforcement of the nation's environmental laws.

Suggested Citation

Adler, Robert W. and Lord, Charles, Environmental Crimes: Raising the Stakes (October 11, 2010). George Washington Law Review, Vol. 59, No. 4, 1991, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1690717

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