Criminal negligence: A prosecutor's perspective

Assistant US Attorney Helen Brunner, one of the prosecutors in the Olympic Pipe Line case and an experienced environmental prosecutor, has commented on some of the pipeline industry's concerns about the nature and effect of criminal enforcement on pipeline security and on safety and accident investigations—and, in particular, the negligence provision of the Clean Water Act.Brunner's views are her own, reflecting neither those of the US Department of Justice nor of any governmental agency involved in the investigation and prosecution of environmental crimes cases.Solow: Does the Clean Water Act's criminal negligence provision criminalize accidents in which all due care wa...

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