Pete Anderson Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on DOJ's Use of Safety Violations When Pursuing Environmental Charges
Pete Anderson, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond's Washington, DC office and leader of the firm's White Collar and Environmental Crimes practice group, was quoted in a Bloomberg BNA Daily Environment Report article titled "DOJ to Use Safety to Bolster Environment Cases." The article discusses federal prosecutors' search for worker safety violations when pursuing environmental criminal charges.
Mr. Anderson said, "If you bring a case that has a multitude of environmental and worker safety violations, you'll get emotional facts in front of the jury that will make them look beyond the more boring, mundane, regulatory [environmental] violations and tap into a conviction-oriented mindset. This is a big change in the prosecutor's playbook."
Mr. Anderson noted that, along the same lines, companies with worker safety violations can expect their environmental records to be scrutinized. "It's like moths to a flame. When you have a catastrophe, a criminal inquiry will come in and look broadly in that two-part inquiry: worker safety and environmental.”