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Environmental Justice and Enforcement

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina is especially committed to protecting South Carolinians who are disproportionately burdened by environmental and health hazards.

United States Attorney Adair F. Boroughs has appointed Deputy Civil Chief Johanna Valenzuela to be the District’s first Environmental Justice Coordinator.  The District’s Environmental Justice initiative is made in accordance with Executive Order 14008, which mandates that “[a]gencies shall make achieving environmental justice part of their missions by developing programs, policies, and activities to address the disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, climate-related and other cumulative impacts on disadvantaged communities, as well as the accompanying economic challenges of such impacts.”

How to Contact the Office Regarding an Environmental Justice or Enforcement Matter 

The Office welcomes information from the public regarding possible environmental, health, and climate impacts on individuals and communities in the district. 

You may submit information or concerns regarding environmental harms of any kind by email, mail, or phone. 


Mail:          U.S. Attorney’s Office

                   District of South Carolina

                   1441 Main Street, Suite 500

                   Columbia, SC 29201

                   Attn: Johanna Valenzuela, Environmental Justice Coordinator

Phone:      803-929-3000

Other Resources

In addition to the U.S. Attorney’s Office environmental justice initiative, the following websites for related state and federal agencies provide other helpful online resources and information:

Recent Environmental Enforcement Cases

New Indy Agrees to $1.1 Million Penalty and Consent Decree to Resolve Imminent and Substantial Endangerment

Doc Antle, Owner of Myrtle Beach Safari, and Others Indicted for Federal Wildlife Trafficking and Money Laundering Crimes June 30, 2022

Anderson Man Sentenced for Asbestos Violation June 24, 2022

Arizona Developer Agrees to Resolve Long-Running Clean Water Act Enforcement Action for Over One Million Dollars March 21, 2022

Updated November 29, 2022