RTT News: Leahy Unveils Legislation To Strengthen Penalties For Environmental Crimes

(RTTNews) – Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Ver., unveiled legislation Wednesday to strengthen penalties against oil companies and other companies for environmental crimes.

The Environmental Crimes Enforcement Act would increase sentences for environmental crimes in an attempt to deter companies from practices that cause harm to the environment.

The bill is also intended to protect victims of environmental crimes by mandating restitution for criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. Under current law, restitution for such violations, including those that result in loss of human life, is discretionary.

“This bill takes two common sense steps – well-reasoned increases in sentences and mandatory restitution for environmental crime,” Leahy said.