US EPA increased its maximum monetary civil penalties for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs on January 12, 2022. The Final Rule increases the maximum penalty amounts
to keep pace with inflation, an annual occurrence since 2015.
When civil penalties rise, so does the value of environmental compliance.
While typical environmental violations don't result in maximum penalties, these figures will guide EPA's enforcement decisions in the new year. The larger penalty amounts shown below will apply to environmental violations that occurred after November 2, 2015, for which penalties are assessed on or after January 12, 2022.
Updated EPA Civil Penalties
Civil penalty figures are current as of January 12, 2022.
EPA assesses civil penalties on a per day, per violation basis.
|Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
|Clean Air Act (CAA)
|Clean Water Act (CWA)
|Emergency Planning/ Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
|Comp. Environmental Response... Act (CERCLA)
|Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
|Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
|Fed Insecticide, Fungicide/Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
To see penalty increases for other EPA programs like CASCO, MPRSA, and the Battery Act, view the Final Rule in the Federal Register.
The updated penalty amounts are in effect as of January 12, 2022.