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Environmental Justice

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky enforces federal laws to protect environmental quality and human health in all communities within the district. In coordination with components of the Justice Department, the United States Attorney’s Office will hold polluters accountable for their actions, prioritizing cases that will reduce public health and environmental harms to overburdened and underserved communities. In addition to prosecuting polluters, the USAO will seek to hold accountable those who commit theft or fraud of government programs designed to improve water quality, air quality, human health and the environment.

The district’s Environmental Justice Coordinator will lead efforts to enforce both criminal and civil environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws. In addition to litigating cases in federal courtrooms throughout the district, the Coordinators will attend community meetings where environmental issues are discussed and coordinate trainings for prosecutors and investigators. Environmental protection extends to enforcement of federal statutes that provide for the humane treatment of animals across Kentucky, to include captive, farmed, and companion animals. 

Enforcement of the Justice Department’s Strategy relies upon meaningful engagement and transparency with impacted communities regarding environmental justice issues, efforts, and results. The United States Attorney’s Office encourages the public to report suspected environmental violations within the district. Reports may be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, on their website, to the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection by phone at (502) 564-0323, or to the United States Attorney’s Office, by mail, phone, or email:

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United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Kentucky 

Attn: AUSAs Emily Greenfield and Carrie Pond

260 W. Vine Street, Suite 300
Lexington, KY 40507-1612

(859) 233-2661

Email our Environmental Justice Coordinators

Updated July 18, 2023