EPA increases civil penalties to reflect inflation

January 13, 2022
EPA has issued a direct final rule effective Jan. 12 that increases civil penalties to account for inflation by just over 1 percent as required by federal law though the current rate of inflation is much higher. In a Jan. 12 Federal Register notice , the agency addresses both the maximum and minimum penalty for civil violations and seeks to “reflect inflation, maintain the deterrent effect of statutory civil monetary penalties, and promote compliance with the law.” A 2015...

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