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Earth's Most Wanted

Government issues list to catch and prosecute polluters and eco-terrorists

Polluters, waste dumpers, and rapists of nature beware: Johnny Law is comin' after you. The Environmental Protection Agency has just created a most-wanted list similar to the FBI's, except its sole purpose is to target perpetrators of crimes against Mother Nature. Right now, the list features mug shots of 23 n'er-do-wells who face charges ranging from illegal hazardous waste disposal to importing cars that don't meet U.S. safety or emissions standards.

Is it just me, or did the EPA just get about 80 percent more badass? What's next—70s cop-funk and mustaches a la The Beastie Boys' "Sabotage?" As long as they're toting biodegradable Glocks, I'm all for it.

The understaffed law enforcement wing of the EPA is hoping that by making the list public, crusading citizens can help apprehend these polluting suspects and see them brought to justice. Recently, the EPA has focused on big-money corporate cases, which means the individual environmental violators sometimes get less attention than they need. That's where we come in.

While looking out for these alleged environmental baddies, you don't have to don a green-centric superhero costume if you don't want to, but it's probably not a bad idea. Personally, I'm going with a green cape and cowl. Verdant Avenger, away!

—Ted Alvarez

EPA Fugitives

Environmental fugitives get own most-wanted list (AP)