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Compliance and Enforcement Annual Results FY2008:
Report a Violation

FY2008 Annual Results Topics

OECA launched the Report a Violation Web site in January 2006 for the public to report potential civil and criminal environmental violations.  Over 18,000 total tips have been reported to date, with over 7,800 received in FY 2008. EPA’s enforcement program reviews tips to determine potential civil or criminal violations. For example, since its inception, EPA's Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training has referred over 1,300 potentially criminal tips to its field offices and formally opened 19 tips as criminal cases.

Two cases resulted in convictions during FY 2008. The City of Lake Ozark, Missouri, was ordered to pay a $50,000 fine after pleading guilty to a Clean Water Act felony for discharging sewage without a permit into the Lake of the Ozarks, one of the largest and most popular recreational lakes in the Midwest. The city also agreed to upgrade and maintain its wastewater treatment system and to report any and all bypasses from its treatment system as required by the state. The city’s Public Works Director pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of failing to report a sewage discharge.

The Operations Manager for Environmental Staffing Acquisition Corporation, a company that, among other things, provided temporary workers for environmental cleanup projects such as the Gulf Coast cleanup after Hurricane Katrina, will serve two years on federal probation for creating documents that falsely purported to certify that the company’s employees had received medical evaluations required by the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration for them to perform work.

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