The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its annual enforcement results for 2015 and the agency was hard at work enforcing environmental law last year. According to their numbers, the agency saw $404 million in combined federal administrative, civil judicial penalties and criminal fines and 129 combined years of incarceration for sentenced defendants:
EPA holds criminal violators accountable that threaten the health and safety of Americans. Three subsidiaries of Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, agreed to pay a $68 million criminal fine and spend $34 million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia. As part of the plea, two Duke subsidiaries will ensure they can meet legal obligations to remediate coal ash impoundments within North Carolina, which will cost an estimated $3.4 billion.