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Law, Order and the EPA

Law, Order and the EPA
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents an overview of the Criminal Enforcement Program of the Environmental Protection Agency.  The purpose of the Program is to investigate, help prosecute, and deter the most egregious environmental offenders.


Environmental laws include criminal provisions that address knowing and negligent environmental violations.  Criminal enforcement brings to bear the possibility of incarceration and monetary fines that are EPA’s strongest sanctions.  The course discusses these aspects of the Program and in addition describes sixteen landmark cases in environmental law. The seriousness of the subject of the course is illustrated by the Congressional testimony of an EPA administrator: “While both corporations and individuals pay penalties, only individuals can go to prison – a sanction that no one can pass along to the American consumer as just another cost of doing business.”


This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers charged with the responsibility of ensuring that their organization obeys EPA environmental laws.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the strategic direction of the criminal enforcement program
  • Learning about the organization and mission of the Criminal Investigation Division
  • Learning about the organization and mission of the National Enforcement Investigations Center
  • Learning about the organization and mission of the Legal Counsel Division
  • Understanding programmatic trends and case highlights
  • Learning about landmark cases
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication, “Criminal Enforcement Program,” EPA Pub. # 310-K-11-001, October, 2011.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Law, Order and the EPA (2.6 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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