EPA regions' median Clean Water Act fines vary widely
EPA federal fines for Clean Water Act violations can depend on how serious and long-lasting the violations are. However some EPA regions have much higher median fines than others.
Map showing median fines by region. Region 9, including California, Nevada and Arizona, has the highest -- more than 6 times higher than Region 6, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, or Region 2, which includes New York and New Jersey.