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Tyler Amon Named “Top Cop” for EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Program in the Northwest and Alaska

Release Date: 06/24/2010
Contact Information: Mark MacIntyre/EPA Seattle 206-553-7302, macintyre.mark@epa.gov

(Seattle – June 24, 2010) - Tyler Amon, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, has been selected as the new Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC) of its Area Office in Seattle. He will supervise all environmental crimes investigations throughout EPA Region 10, encompassing Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Amon joined EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement in 1995. Immediately prior to being named Special Agent-in-Charge of the Seattle Office, he served as Assistant Special-Agent-in-Charge in Seattle since March 2008. Prior to moving to Seattle, Amon worked at EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement in Washington, D.C., the Charlotte, NC Resident Office, and the Dallas, TX Area Office. He is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

“It’s an honor to lead such a remarkable group of special agents here in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska,” said Amon. “Our team remains committed to delivering solid cases for prosecution and protecting the public by bringing environmental criminals to justice.”

EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, established in 1983, includes nearly 200 criminal investigators -- federal agents with full law enforcement authority who are highly trained and committed to protecting human health and the environment. An Area Office under the supervision of a Special-Agent-in-Charge is located in each of EPA’s ten regional offices, with smaller resident offices in several dozen other locations across the country.

Criminal Investigation Division (CID) mission is to investigate allegations of the most egregious violations of the federal environmental statutes, and to assist the Department of Justice in the prosecution of individuals and corporations charged with criminal offenses.

“Tyler brings a wealth of criminal enforcement experience to this position,” said Ella R. Barnes, Director of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division in Washington, D.C. “He will work closely with our federal and state law enforcement and regulatory partners to protect the public and environment in the Northwest.”