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Progressive Farmer
December 29, 2016

Is EPA's Influence Waning in the Countryside?
By Todd Neeley

EPA is on track to have its lowest number of criminal prosecutions as a result of agency investigations in more than 20 years, according to an analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, at Syracuse University. According to U.S. Department of Justice data during the first 11 months of 2016 there were 81 new prosecutions resulting from EPA investigations- on pace to hit 88 by year's end. Although much has been made about the Obama administration's seemingly unchecked regulatory push, the 2016 pace is far below the 182 EPA-related prosecutions in 2011. Syracuse found the number of EPA prosecutions peaked at 198 during the Clinton administration in 1998.

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