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May 11, 2016

Environmental prosecutions have fallen under Obama administration
By Jessica Swarna

WASHINGTON – Environmental prosecutions have fallen sharply under the Obama administration, a change the Environmental Protection Agency attributes to shift to focus on bigger, high-impact investigations. According to Justice Department data accessed through the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, prosecutions for environmental crimes fell from an average of 225 a year under President George W. Bush to an average of 181 a year under President Barack Obama. In Arizona, environmental crime prosecutions peaked at 12 in 2007 under Bush’s administration, according to TRAC, but there haven’t been more than three in a year under Obama.

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