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October 29, 2019

Environmental Prosecutions Drop to Lowest Level in Decades
By Nicholas Iovino

The number of environmental prosecutions in fiscal year 2019 was lower than any year during the Obama, Bush or Clinton administrations, according to Justice Department data analyzed by Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). There were 302 environmental prosecutions in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, a 10% drop from five years ago and a 64.5% decline from 20 years ago. Better compliance by industries could account for part of that change, but the Trump administrationís drive to favor working with industries over policing them probably plays a bigger role, according to Brett Hartl, government affairs director for the Center for Biological Diversity.

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