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November 4, 2019

Environmental Prosecutions Drop to Lowest Rate in 20 Years
By Stephen Lee and Ellen M. Gilmer

The Trump administration is chasing down fewer environmental crimes than any administration since the mid-1990s, according to new data from an independent research group. During fiscal 2019, the Justice Department reported 302 new environmental prosecution cases, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said in a recent report on environmental crime prosecution. That contrasts with the 850 cases the Justice Department filed in fiscal 1999, 491 in 2009, and 335 in 2014. Examples of DOJ prosecutions in 2019 included illegally taking fish and wildlife, violating endangered species and migratory bird laws, smuggling goods, illegal hunting, and fraud, TRAC said. TRACís numbers were pulled from Freedom of Information Act requests, said David Burnham, the groupís co-founder and co-director.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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