Andrea Abat: Special Agent for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andrea Abat: Special Agent for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andrea Abat. I’m a special
agent with the Environmental Protection Agency. I was an officer in the Army. I was stationed
over in Germany, and the particular unit that I was in developed and generated a lot of
hazardous waste in our processes. We made maps. There were inks, there were petroleum
and oil and lubricants and other things. And the German government was very serious about
their environmental programs. That’s kind of my first exposure, so to speak, in addressing
environmental issues. And through that, once I decided — when I
came back to the States, I decided I really wanted to stay in the environmental field.
I went to work as an emergency response contractor, where I was answering the calls for railcar
disasters, or explosions at refineries down in Houston, these kinds of things. And I also
started working with the Criminal Investigation Division, working with some of these agents.
The opportunity came up for me to apply to become an agent way back in 1996, and in 1997
that came to fruition. I don’t have a criminal justice background.
I don’t have a background in science. I have a background that’s engineering, architecture,
and construction based really. So it’s not necessary that you have a criminal justice
degree. It’s not necessary that you have a science or technical degree. What is necessary
is that you have the motivation to protect human health and the environment. There are people that come from all different
kinds of backgrounds to do this job. That’s part of the reason that the training programs
are so important, and particularly our training that’s ongoing, for us to continue to thrive
and learn the best way to meet these environmental crime challenges. This challenge is tremendous for me, knowing
when you go home at night and you lay your head down on the pillow that you’ve done
something that is helping generations to come. There’s nothing more gratifying than the
work that I do right now, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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7 thoughts on “Andrea Abat: Special Agent for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  1. I think this is great. To have and utilize special agents for environmental enforcement and investigation and prosecution of potential and actual environmental crimes is a backbone of protecting our environment and public health. Congratulations on this policy and I support it completely, as a concerned U.S. citizen.

  2. I don't understand. I thought the EPA was a regulatory agency, not a law enforcement agency. They pass regulations, not laws. What laws does she enforce and under what authority? Just wondering.

  3. EPA’s regulations are not self-enforcing—that is why EPA has an enforcement office that investigates and helps the U.S. Department of Justice prosecute civil and criminal violations of the nation's environmental laws. These laws, like the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, were enacted by Congress and contain provisions for enforcement.

  4. Please help me.  FirstEnergy is contaminating the Waters of the Commonwealth of PA.   I have complained to the DEP and the Dep. of Agriculture and they will not fine them. FirstEnergy will not submit to the law.    I have a formal complaint with the PUC. The judge is considering my case.  BUT FirstEnergy continues to spray herbicides on creeks, buffer zones and wetlands.  If anyone else would have done this they would have already been fined.. I am considering a civil case, but I shouldn't have to do this.  Protecting the water iisn't my job it's the DEPs' job.  FirstEnergy has also misused the chemicals they use. NOBODY CARES.   I NEED SOMEONE TO HELP ME STOP THIS.

  5. So what is the EPA doing against the bastard that polluted Oregons water?? let me guess NOTHING! this is another case of where the EPA fails in its duty to the point of even where thousands of children are contaminated with LEad from their own drinking water and the politicians who are responsible are not reprimanded. wheres the justice of the peace? wheres the EPA? Nowhere thats where…, This is nothing to do with the enviroment its just about a false face to show te public while real crimes against the enivroment and the public go unpunished,, The EPA should be disbanded as they are nothing more than waste of taxpayers money.

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