If your business has violated an environmental law or set of regulations, or if you’re accused of doing so, then you may be investigated by the Environmental Protection Agency, better known as the EPA. The EPA investigates serious violations of the environmental laws in the United States when those violations pose a threat to the environment and human lives.
As a business owner, if you’re confronted with a potential investigation, it is important for you to know your rights. Investigations can uncover or lead to allegations of other crimes, such as fraud, lying to the government or even conspiracy to commit a violation of an environmental protection act.
Environmental crimes are taken very seriously because those crimes could hurt the environment and threaten people’s health. The EPA has the power to investigate and identify crimes such as:
- Illegal importation of restricted or regulated chemicals
- Mail fraud
- Tampering with the drinking water supply
- Illegally disposing of hazardous waste
- Money laundering
- Removing or getting rid of asbestos in a manner that is not permissible by law
- And several others
If your business has been accused of violating environmental laws or regulations, it is a good idea to talk to your attorney about how you should interact with the EPA and its investigation process. Your attorney will find out more about what you were accused of and help you understand if you are in violation of any local, state or federal laws. If you have violated a law, your attorney can help you protect your business and minimize the damage from fines or charges placed against you. Our website has more information on what you can do if you’re accused of violating environmental laws.