Polluters: Environmental Criminals, Consent Decrees and Other Pollution Cases

Environmental Polluter (and Other Violators) of the Week
(More like bi-weekly, actually)

*True cases of environmental criminals and other violators and violations of environmental laws, regulations, statutes and pollution standards from real court cases and consent decrees


 

The EPA and its federal, state and local law enforcement partners investigate and prosecute significant and egregious violations of environmental laws. These investigations involve, but are not limited to, the illegal disposal of hazardous waste; the illegal discharge of pollutants to a water of the United States; the illegal importation of certain restricted or regulated chemicals into the United States; tampering with a drinking water supply; mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering relating to environmental criminal activities.

People often ask us, "It seems like companies get away with polluting all the time, just look at Exxon and the Valdez!" While it may be true that some companies treat the environment, your community's well-being and your health like a doormat and act as though their crimes are nothing more than a public relations expense; individuals and companies are being caught all the time. And the penalties are severe! Follow Detective Joe Friday and read on to learn about the appalling gall of these jerks and their crimes.

It is EHSO's opinion that our society's obsession with money and instant wealth, combined with a generally apathetic public, and politicians more concerned with polls than pollution is leading to an increase in pollution and deliberate polluters. If you suspect a persistent polluter in your area, email us (or click here to use the EPA's report a violator form) for instructions to assist the EPA in catching him!  To search a company's compliance history, click here!

Disclaimer: The following news stories are all taken verbatim from EPA releases, so don't even think of trying to sue us if you or your firm's name is here! We will WELCOME the publicity! Will your company?

EPA Fugitives - Captured/Surrendered

Follow the links below to see information about fugitives who have either been captured and returned to federal authorities or who have surrendered to federal authorities. They will face their original charges; have a sentence imposed against them; or complete their original sentence. To view a complete listing of EPA Fugitives still at-large, please see EPA Fugitives .

Current Fugitives

To read each fugitive profile, click the image:

To read each fugitive profile, click the image or scroll down the page.
 

thumbnail image of Christian Tejada photograph of fugitive Omran Alghazouli photograph of fugitive Raul Chavez Beltran photograph of fugitive John Karayannides photograph of Fugitive Aage Lokkebratenphotograph of fugitive Michael Psomadakis Fugitive Peter Solemdal Fugitive Knut Sorboe photograph of fugitive Jimmy Szypulski

Others

bullet Bhavesh H. Kamdar
  • David Enrique Ortiz
  • David Allen Phillips

  • 2017 Polluter and environmental enforcement cases

    October-November 2017 Bulletin (PDF)(18 pp, 3 MB)

    EPA settlement with Matson resolves 2013 molasses spill into Honolulu Harbor

    Release Date: 
    01/19/2017