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National Summary
Responsibility for the various actions that make up the EPA enforcement program is divided among different offices, EPA regions, and state agencies. Headquarters is primarily responsible for setting national policy, investigating and pursuing some national cases, participating in cases raising nationally significant issues, monitoring regional and state activities, and providing technical support. The regions generally take primary responsibility for performing inspections, issuing administrative orders, preparing civil actions, monitoring compliance with administrative and judicial orders, and providing support to DOJ for ongoing lawsuits. In many cases, states have primary enforcement responsibility, although certain statutory programs cannot be authorized (e.g., the OPA program under Section 311 of the CWA). Even though states may take an enforcement action, if a state fails to take action, does not obtain acceptable results, or requests assistance, EPA may become involved.
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Final Regulations 33 CFR 151 - Penalties for Non-Submission of Ballast Water Management Reports 06/14/2004National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 19 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 01/07/2009National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 19 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 11/06/2013National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 19 and 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 07/07/2003National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 19 and 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 02/13/2004National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 19 and 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 12/11/2008National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR 19, 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Proposed Rule 06/21/2002National
Proposed Regulations 40 CFR Part 86 - Proposed Non-Conformance Penalties for 2004 and Later Model Year Emission Standards for Heavy-Duty Diesel Engines and Heavy-Duty Diesel Vehicles 01/17/2002National
Final Regulations 40 CFR Parts 19, 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 06/21/2002National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Tips and Complaints Regarding Environmental Violations 08/31/2006National
Notices Agency Information Collection Activities; Tips and Complaints Regarding Environmental Violations 01/29/2010National
Notices Calculation of the Economic Benefit of Noncompliance in EPA's Civil Penalty Enforcement Cases 08/26/2005National
Questions & Answers Can you explain the difference between civil and administrative penalties? 04/08/2005National
Notices Clean Water Act Class II: Proposed Administrative Settlement, Penalty Assessment and Opportunity To Comment Regarding AboveNet Communications, Inc. 01/28/2013National
Final Regulations Correction - 33 CFR 151 - Penalties for Non-Submission of Ballast Water Management Reports 07/07/2004National
Notices Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Tips and Complaints Regarding Environmental Violations 03/13/2013National
Guidance Documents OSHA Administrative Penalty Information Bulletin  National
Regulatory Analysis Penalties/Liabilities  National
Proposed Regulations Technical Correction - 40 CFR 19 and 27 - Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule 08/04/2003National