EPA ‘Wanted’ List Helps Capture Environmental Fugitives

The EPA has developed a Web tool that enlists the public and other law enforcement agencies in helping to track down fugitives accused of violating environmental laws. The site includes photos of the accused, their alleged violations and information of their last known whereabouts.

“Putting this information on the EPA’s Web site will increase the number of ‘eyes’ looking for environmental fugitives,” said Granta Y. Nakayama, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “Two EPA fugitives were captured this year, and this Web site could help us find more fugitives in the future.”

The Web site also lists EPA’s captured fugitives. Earlier this year, EPA found two men on the run. David Allen Phillips escaped prison four years ago after being convicted of Clean Water Act crimes in Montana. He fled to Mexico, was turned over to authorities by the Mexican government last March, and awaits further sentencing. David Ortiz fled after the appeal of his conviction for Clean Water Act crimes in 2004. He remained at large for almost four years until his capture last March in Colorado and is currently in prison.

Anyone who encounters a fugitive should notify EPA by submitting the “Report a Fugitive” form on the Web site. The information will be electronically sent to EPA’s national criminal investigation office in Washington, D.C. The public may also choose to report the information to their local police or, if outside the United States, to the nearest U.S. Embassy. Some fugitives may be armed and dangerous, and EPA warns the public against trying to apprehend them.

Many of the alleged violators listed on the Web site have fled the country. EPA depends on cooperation with Interpol and other international law enforcement agencies to locate their whereabouts.

The FBI, U.S. Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms also maintain web sites featuring fugitives from the law, but EPA is the first federal law enforcement agency to feature an environmental crimes fugitive web site.

Criminal charges are only allegations of misconduct. Individuals who have been charged with environmental crimes are presumed innocent.

Information on EPA’s Most Wanted Web site: http://www.epa.gov/fugitives

For more information on EPA’s Criminal Enforcement program: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/criminal/index.html

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