Risk Management & Environmental Justice
Enforcement of Environmental, Health, Safety & Terrorist Prevention Laws in the United States
According to the U.S. EPA, “Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. EPA has this goal for all communities and persons across this Nation. It will be achieved when everyone enjoys the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work.”
Statistics gathered since year 2000 indicates that… (1) 76% of all enforcement penalties are “paperwork violations on chemically-driven laws;” (2) Every nine (9) seconds, a company in the U.S. gets an enforcement penalty from EPA, OSHA, DOT, or one of over 50 states of record or U.S. territories, plus a myriad of county and local regulatory enforcement bodies; (3) Due to a phenomenon called “mission creep,” the evolution of agencies like the U.S. EPA and OSHA causes inspections to increase by as much as 45% per year.
With regard to environmental justice for regulatory compliance laws levied against U.S. Industry, perhaps, one of the best ways to understand the risks associated with enforcement penalties is go directly to government websites. Therefore, here are links to OSHA, EPA, DOT and Homeland Security for the purpose of monitoring enforcement penalties first-hand.