The Minister invited CJI to undertake the independent review of ECU in the summer of 2014.
While CJI did not report any significant concerns, they recommended ways in which enforcement and regulation could be enhanced.
Mark H Durkan said: “The impact of environmental crime on daily life here should not be underestimated, it is not a victimless crime. It threatens our world-class surroundings, our quality of life and our economy.
“That is why, on taking up office, I asked for a root and branch review of all of NIEA’s functions.
“I specifically invited CJI to independently examine the operation of our crime unit, its performance and its ability to tackle waste crime.
“I note that CJI has recommended that the NIEA enhance its enforcement and regulation activity and develops a more rigorous approach to dealing with environmental crime offenders. Their recommendations mirror my approach and I welcome their suggestions.
“We already have a Business Plan in place to build strong partnerships with other law enforcement agencies to get tougher on those who damage our environment and heritage. I accept all the reports’ recommendations in principle and, subject to some issues of resourcing, look forward to helping drive these forward, in partnership with our stakeholders. “