FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
THURSDAY - October 18, 2011
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES WORKING GROUP
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker today announced a meeting of the Environmental Crimes Task Force. “The preservation of our precious natural resources is very important work. The cooperation between federal, state and local agencies is critical in meeting the objective of protecting the land, air and water we so cherish.”
Attendees of the working group included the Honorable Thomas G. Walker, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina; Michael R. Fisher, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency; Laurina Spolidoro, Commander, Staff Judge Advocate, Fifth Coast Guard District; Shennie Patel, Trial Attorney, Environmental Crimes Section, Department of Justice; and Assistant United States Attorneys with the Eastern District of North Carolina, along with representatives from federal and state law enforcement agencies. The Eastern District of North Carolina and its law enforcement partners have prosecuted violations of the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, the Clean Air Act, and the Act to Prevent Pollution for Ships as well as violations of the various federal wildlife laws. Mr. Walker continued, “By bringing our law enforcement partners together to share expertise and resources we will be able to further the work of protecting North Carolina’s natural resources.”
“The working group allows ideas and information to be more effectively exchanged in an effort to protect the environment of North Carolina." said Maureen O' Mara, Special Agent-in-Charge of EPA's criminal enforcement program in Atlanta. “Our partnership with state and federal law enforcement agencies has culminated in the prosecution of many successful environmental crimes cases.”
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