One of District
Attorney Jackie Lacey’s top priorities is to increase the office’s
focus on investigating and prosecuting environmental crimes.
Attorney’s Environmental Law Section works with local, state and
federal agencies to address environmental issues and investigate
criminal matters. The office prosecutes those who hurt the
environment and its residents by not obeying the rules and laws
designed to protect them, as well as those businesses that gain
unfair advantage over their competitors by circumventing the rules.
Some of the
more common environmental offenses investigated and prosecuted
transportation, treatment, storage or disposal of hazardous
and other discharges of toxic substances
certification of automobile smog tests
emission of hazardous and dangerous chemicals into the air,
water and soil
serious injuries to employees whose employers fail to comply
with safety regulations
Attorney Lacey, the office has undertaken a successful training
program for environmental crimes investigators. The daylong training
teaches participants about how to prepare reports for cases to be
submitted for prosecution. These trainings have helped yield better
quality cases, aiding the prosecution of those who violate
environmental laws and holding them accountable.
Attorney's Office also prosecutes workplace safety crimes. The
office has obtained numerous criminal convictions for Occupational
Safety and Health Act (OSHA) violations.