The Department of Justice and the Department of Labour recently signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate criminal prosecutions of worker safety and health law violations. The goal of the initiative is to increase the frequency and effectiveness of criminal prosecution of violations of worker health and safety law. Industry can expect incidents that result in serious worker injury or death to be the subject of greater federal scrutiny.
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two new guidance documents on the use of institutional controls at contaminated sites regulated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, brownfields programmes and other federal programmes. Institutional controls are often an important part of the clean-up at such sites.