Jun 24, 2010

New Legislation Could Tighten Penalties for Environmental Crimes

Earth911 as the oil spill in the Gulf continues to dominate headlines, environmental legislation has become an even more hot-button issue in Washington as well.
One of the newest pieces of legislation introduced to the Senate is the Environmental Crimes Enforcement Act (ECEA). Introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the bill aims to hold companies accountable for environmental crimes and to protect victims of environmental crimes by mandating restitution for criminal violations of the Clean Water Act.
Photo Credit: Indy Star - Gary Varvel
"Under this bill, those who commit Clean Water Act offenses would have to compensate the victims of these offense for their losses...
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