PEER Supports Law Enforcement and Regulation

PEER works to support the enforcement of environmental and natural resource laws at the federal, state and local levels. The need for protection for our natural resources and public health has never been greater. Even as the need for strong environmental and natural resource protection is growing, enforcement programs are facing declining budgets, lower staffing levels, and dispirited morale.

PEER is dedicated to serving law enforcement rangers, agents and other professionals working in our forests, ranges and parklands.

PEER monitors federal, state and local governments to make sure they hold polluters accountable and protect public health and the environment.

Florida Pollution Enforcement Reports

Since 2004, PEER has examined Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) files to assess pollution enforcement. In a state heavily reliant on its natural beauty for tourism revenue, it has fallen far short of acceptable pollution levels primarily in its waterways and wastewater management.

Colorado Air Pollution Crisis

When you think of Colorado, you probably imagine clear, blue skies and sunshinethat image doesn’t jibe with the air quality in much of the state. The state’s entire Front Range remains in violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards set by EPA and has been in noncompliance since 2012. 

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Enforcement Resources

The EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website contains databases that users can search for facilities around the country and see past compliance records. Beyond just searching ECHO for pollution sources in your area, for example, you also can:...

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Citizen Enforcement

Pollution often slips through the cracks of state and federal enforcement. The reasons vary widely, from neglect to deliberate turning of heads to political pressure to technological failures. Citizens can fill those cracks. Americans can, and frequently do, assist...

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State Enforcement

Some basic concepts related to state implementation and enforcement of federal environmental laws are: State Delegation “State Delegation” is when the federal law in question delegates some or all enforcement to the state agencies, typically after the state’s program...

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EPA pursues three different types of enforcement actions: Administrative actions are non-judicial enforcement measures taken by a state agency or EPA using its own authority. They do not involve a judicial process. An administrative action may be either: 1) a notice...

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