EPA: How much does an environmental suit cost?
EPA has set a $1 million award for a lawsuit alleging the agency engaged in illegal environmental protection practices.
The suit alleges that EPA violated the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and other laws by ignoring scientific warnings about the dangers of ozone and lead.
The agency has defended itself in court and has paid $1.3 million.
In June, the agency agreed to pay $1,250,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by the National Wildlife Federation.
EPA has also paid $3.9 million in settlements to plaintiffs alleging violations of the Clean Power Plan.
EPA also has settled lawsuits related to the EPA’s efforts to regulate the methane emissions from oil and gas production.
The Agency’s lawyers have said the settlements are not necessary to resolve the cases, because the cases were brought before the courts and were settled before any awards were made.
The EPA also paid an undisclosed sum to the Department of Justice in February for failing to comply with court orders requiring it to produce documents and data on its plans to regulate methane emissions.
EPA’s enforcement of its Clean Water and Clean Air Acts and Clean Power Plans has been criticized for being too lax and too costly, but the agency has been praised for its enforcement efforts.
The Obama administration has also announced a $3 billion program to reduce methane emissions, but it has not provided a detailed breakdown of how much of that money will go to enforcement.
EPA will also receive $10 million to pay for costs associated with the Clean Slate cleanup, which is intended to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, such as ammonia and nitrous oxide, and the pollutants that cause them.
The Clean Slate program is intended as a temporary solution to a backlog of environmental regulations.
EPA said it will spend about $1 billion over the next two years on the Clean Sweep, which will include $300 million to increase enforcement of existing rules.
The program will also cost $5 million to install equipment at existing and future plants that are needed to test the emissions of ammonia and other pollutants.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the EPA, said the Clean Clean Sweep will increase EPA’s ability to conduct enforcement actions and ensure the accuracy of information.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said the program will help the agency “focus on the most important problems and enforce compliance with the law.”