The White Collar Nature of Environmental Crimes

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Corporations, through guidance of new laws, in the future in the United States, should be held more accountable for environmental crimes, because without these new laws corporations will continue to pay meniscal fines and serve little to no time in prisons for destroying the environment in which we have to live and survive. Corporations throughout history have lived within the protection of the government. The reason I say this is because throughout history corporations got away with literally murdering our environment by following weak laws and having very few standards. The action of corporations only changed when society began to have an issue with breathing bad air, drinking water which made us sick and chemical causing cancers and other illnesses being released into the environment. The reason this changed was due to people rising up and demanding more from our elected officials and our corporations. A huge step forward in holding companies accountable was the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 by presidential order. It was President Nixon believe or not that created the agency. The reason the EPA was born was due to a fire which happen on the Cuyahoga River in Ohio in 1969. The reason the river catches fire was due to it being so polluted and just a year later Nixon signed the presidential order to create the EPA. Another by-product of the Cuyahoga River fire was the passing of the Clean Water and the great Lakes Quality Agreement and this was the beginning of having higher standards and regulations in protecting the environment thru new laws. Another good law that was signed by President Nixon was the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1970. This act requires all federal organizati... ... middle of paper ... ...ervous system damage in animal studies, still remains in use today. Criminal enforcement of the environmental regulations has radically gotten bigger ever since the passing of the Superfund law in the 1980. This law gave prosecutors the ammo to go after corporation’s executives, managers and low level workers. In the eyes of the EPA stronger laws is what helps deter corporations from violating environmental rules and regulations. But I fell that the punishment should be in line with as though they have sold a kilo of cocaine and then it will make an even bigger difference, because these billion dollars companies doesn’t fear a fine most of them would write it off on their taxes and would gladly do the twelve or so months of federal prison time. But in their eyes they are the ones getting over because they just made money by not doing the right thing.
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