Jump to main content.

Numbers at a Glance

The following is a list of key results of compliance and enforcement activities in FY 2009.

Civil Enforcement
  Estimated Environmental Benefits – Commitments to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment:
    Direct Environmental Benefits
      Pollution Reduced, Treated or Eliminated (Pounds) (1) 580,000,000
      Hazardous Waste Treated, Minimized, or Properly Disposed of (Pounds) (1) 780,000,000
      Contaminated Soil to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards) 28,700,000
      Contaminated Water to be Cleaned Up (Cubic Yards) 431,000,000
      Stream Miles Protected or Restored (Linear Feet) 25,000
      Wetlands Protected or Restored (Acres) 1,000
      People Protected by Safe Drinking Water Act Enforcement (# of People) 2,300,000
    Preventative Environmental Benefits
      Hazardous Waste Prevented from Release (Cubic Yards) 29,000
      Liquid in Underground Storage Tanks Prevented from Release (Gallons) 2,500,000
      People Notified of Potential Drinking Water Problems (# of People) 1,900,000
      Underground Injection Wells Prevented from Leaking (# of Wells) 48
      Lead-Based Paint Contamination Prevented (# of Housing Units, Schools, Buildings) 18,000
      Volume of Oil Spills Prevented (Gallons) 119,000,000
      Pesticides or Pesticide Products Prevented from Distribution, Sale or Use due to Mislabeling or Improper Registration (Pounds) 8,600,000
  Investments in Actions & Equipment to Reduce Pollution & Protect the Environment (Injunctive Relief) $5,300,000,000
  Investments in Projects that Benefit the Environment & Public Health (Supplemental Environmental Projects) $41,000,000
  Civil Penalties Assessed
    Administrative Penalties Assessed $31,600,000
    Judicial Penalties Assessed $58,500,000
    State/Local Judicial Penalties Assessed From Joint Federal-State/Local Enforcement Actions (2) $8,700,000
    Stipulated Penalties Paid $13,900,000
Civil Enforcement and Compliance Activities
  Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to Department of Justice (DOJ) 277
  Supplemental Referrals of Civil Judicial Enforcement Cases to DOJ 50
  Civil Judicial Complaints Filed with Court 168
  Civil Judicial Enforcement Case Conclusions 201
  Administrative Penalty Order Complaints 1,914
  Final Administrative Penalty Orders 1,916
  Administrative Compliance Orders 1,588
  Cases with Supplemental Environmental Projects 150
Compliance Monitoring Activities
  Inspections/Evaluations 20,000
  Civil Investigations 246
  Number of Regulated Entities Taking Complying Actions as a Direct Result of On-Site EPA Inspections/Evaluations 1,300
Superfund Cleanup Enforcement
  Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Clean up Superfund sites $1,990,000,000
  Ammount Committed by Liable Parties to Pay for Government Oversight of Superfund Cleanups $79,000,000
  Amount Committed by Liable Parties to Reimburse the Government for Money Spent Cleaning up Superfund Sites $371,000,000
Voluntary Disclosures
  Commitments to Reduce, Treat or Eliminate Pollution as a Result of Voluntary Disclosures (Pounds) 23,000,000
  Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Facilities) 1,187
  Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Facilities) 871
  Voluntary Disclosures Initiated (Companies) 606
  Voluntary Disclosures Resolved (Companies) 400
Compliance Assistance
  Assistance Tools 190
  Workshops and Training 410
  Facility visits & Re-Visits 1,315
Criminal Enforcement
  Environmental Crime Cases Opened 387
  Defendants Charged 200
  Years of Incarceration 76
  Fines and Restitution $96,000,000
  Value of Court Ordered Environmental Projects $10,000,000
  Commitments to Reduces, Treat or Eliminate Pollution (Pounds) (1) 4,200,000

The primary source for the data displayed in this document is the EPA Regions’ certified FY 2009 end of year workbooks as of November 20, 2009. The official databases of record are: Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS), Criminal Case Reporting System, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Information System (CERCLIS), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Information (RCRAInfo), Air Facility System (AFS), and Permit Compliance System (PCS).


  1. Projected reductions to be achieved during the one year period after all actions required to attain full compliance have been completed.

  2.  In FY 2009, for the first time, OECA generated this measure by a recommendation from the General Accounting Office, requires that EPA now report on penalties assessed in judicial enforcement cases that are awarded to a state/co-plaintiff.


Local Navigation

Jump to main content.