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Environmental Enforcement Under Trump

Environmental Enforcement Under Trump

Full Title: Environmental Enforcement Under Trump
Author(s): Eric Schaeffer & Keene Kelderman
Publisher(s): Environmental Integrity Project
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
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Description (excerpt):

When it comes to enforcing environmental law, the Trump Administration is off to a very
slow start. So far, the Justice Department has collected 60 percent less in civil penalties than
polluters had paid on average by this time in the first year of Presidents Barack Obama,
George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The cases this year are smaller, requiring much less
spending on cleanup, and resulting in fewer measurable reductions in pollutants that end up
in our air or water. While the early news is neither encouraging nor surprising, enforcement
results may vary over the short term. The actions that EPA and the Justice Department
take over the next year will indicate whether the disappointing results so far are all we can

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