An Uneven Shield
The Record of Enforcement and Violations Under California's Environmental, Health and Workplace Safety Laws
California leads the nation in setting standards to protect the health of families, communities and the environment. Yet too little is publicly known about how effectively these standards are enforced, or how officials respond when violations occur. This October 2008 report examines data on known violations and law enforcement responses under six critical pollution, health and workplace safety programs, and finds that enforcement of California's environmental and health laws varies widely across the state.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Introduction and Overview
Chapter 2: Known Violations
Chapter 3: California Authorities' Enforcement Record
Chapter 4: Data Limitations
Chapter 5: Cal/EPA's Enforcement Initiative
Chapter 6: Conclusions and Recommendations
Appendix 1: Case Studies
Appendix 2: Data Report
last revised 10/7/2008
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