|(01 Feb 2018)
The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first three months of FY 2018 the government reported 55 new criminal environment prosecutions.
If environmental prosecutions continue at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 220 for this fiscal year. According to the case- by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this estimate would be the lowest ever recorded since the Justice Department started tracking its environmental prosecutions over two decades ago.
In comparison, in the last year of the Obama administration there were 393 environmental prosecutions filed. During FY 2017, this number had dropped to 338. Thus, if trends continue for the remainder of this year, FY 2018's total will be a sizable drop from last year.
Six out of ten of these environmental prosecutions so far this year involved violations of wildlife protection laws, in contrast to other types of environmental crimes.
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