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Triple Jeopardy: When OSHA, EPA and DOJ Work Together

Triple Jeopardy: When OSHA, EPA and DOJ Work Together

Thanks to the Worker Endangerment Initiative, environmental crimes and OSHA violations can cross agency lines and result in multi-agency enforcement.

In 1970, President Richard Nixon helped establish OSHA. As a result, worker safety became a federal responsibility, with regional and area offices established throughout the United States to enforce OSHA standards. 

While the intention of creating OSHA was noble, there's a perception among some stakeholders that the fines and penalties at the agency's disposal provide minimal incentive for employers to comply with OSHA regulations. By contrast, EPA – another Nixon creation – has

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