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October 31, 2019

Environment Prosecutions Sink to Historic Low Under Trump

Federal prosecutions of environmental crimes have sunk to historic lows under the Trump administration. The number of such cases in fiscal year 2019 was lower than in any year during the Obama, Bush or Clinton administrations going back to the mid-1990s, reports Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). There were 302 environmental prosecutions in the year that ended Sept. 30, a 10 percent drop from five years ago, 38.5 percent from the level of 491 reported in FY 2009, and a 64.5 percent decline from the 850 reported in FY 1999.

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