Law enforcement is very important in our world, because without it, the world would be far worse than it is currently. As far as present day situations are concerned, there are environmental issues that still occur, but fortunately they are being taken care of every day. An example of this involves a 2008 case study that involves ozone pollution and ozone misuse. As “The Enforcement Case Report” states, “ On September 25th of 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, made a direct referral requesting that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) file a civil action against Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) for violations of the Clean Air Act Stratospheric Ozone Protection Provisions” (EPA 1). In other words, Costco was damaging the ozone through use of their factories and smog damaging the ozone layers. While the case does not mention whether or not people around the area at the time were being affected, it could have easily come to that has Costco has been reported. Some people live around factories, and the pollution could have gotten so severe, that people around the area may have had to stay in doors for a certain time period. Fortunately, though, the situation was taken care of before it had to come to that. For example; the law told Costco that they needed to implanted ozone protection requirements that will prevent the same problem from happening in the future. Lastly, they were also fined $31,331 as well, but let off with a warning as to what to do in the future, instead of being arrested.
In closing Costco has learned their lesson ever since this 2008 incident, and since then, there have not been any problem. Hopefully it will stay that way as well. Responsibility comes on both ends, and it is not only the law enforcement who needs to continue to make sure that they are doing their job, but people who are causing these kinds of issues need to take responsibility for their own selves as well.
(2015). “Enforcement Annual Results Concluded Cases Map for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015”. EAP. Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/enforcement/enforcement-annual-results-concluded-cases-map-fiscal-year-fy-2015