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Departments of Justice and Labor announce expansion of Worker Endangerment Initiative

January 08, 2016 Washington — The Departments of Justice and Labor announced Dec. 17 a new plan to "more effectively prosecute" crimes that put the lives and health of workers at risk.

Under the new plan, the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorneys' Offices will work with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations, according to the release.

In addition to prosecuting environmental crimes, the release also said that Environment and Natural Resources Division is strengthening its efforts to pursue civil cases that involve worker safety violations under statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Toxic Substances Control Act.

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