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Who should get the money from donations in lieu of fines or civil penalties?

A civil money penalty is meant to be punitive and its value will usually be similar to the
monetary value of the individual or company's ill-gotten gains.

Four environmental groups are receiving contributions totaling $25,000 as part of a settlement negotiated by The Pennsylvania Attorney General.

"In July 2006, Martin Winnick, owner of Winks Auto Sales and Parts Recycling in Coal Township, was charged with illegally dumping approximately 4,400 tons of solid waste, including used vehicle parts and household waste, on his business property and on adjoining property owned by the Susquehanna Coal Company.

On Feb.. 28, Mr. Winnick agreed to pay a $75,000 fine to the Department of Environmental Protection's Solid Waste Abatement Fund and was also ordered to make a $25,000 contribution to non-profit organizations dedicated to environmental services. Glen Parno, chief of the environmental section of the Attorney General's Office, said violators are often given a choice of paying a large fine or paying a reduced fine and making a donation.

The Attorney General's Office then works with DEP and local officials to identify environmental groups to give the money to, Mr. Parno said." Environmental groups get some green The Daily Item August 14, 2007.

Consider this practice:

Who should get the money from fines or civil penalties?

Who should get the donation in lieu of fine or civil penalty money?

Who should be excluded from a potential recipient list?

How should this award be decided?


Should a group, who receives the money, be required to report to the government agency exactly how they will spend the money?

"I love giving out checks. It's not taxpayer money. It's not my office's money. It's people who have harmed the community, having to return some of that money to the county." Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett

The Environmental Education Act of 1993 requires 5 percent of all fines and penalties collected annually by Department of Environmental Protection to be set aside to stimulate environmental education in Pennsylvania. the money is used to increase environmental literacy among students and adults. The DEP has awarded more than $6 million in support of environmental education from 1995 - 2008.

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posted 8/2007 by Cynthia J. O'Hora, released to public domain

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