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November 21, 2019

EPA prosecutions of polluters approach quarter-century lows
By Ellen Knickmeyer

Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse compiled the records from Justice Department and EPA cases for fiscal year 2019, which ended in September. The EPA sent 190 cases to the Justice Department for possible criminal prosecution, the figures show. Thatís up from 166 last year, the second year of the Trump administration, but otherwise the lowest since George H.W. Bushís first term in 1990. The Justice Department filed 75 EPA prosecutions in fiscal year 2019. Thatís the lowest number since 1994, and down from a high of 198 in Bill Clintonís second term. Justice Department investigators won 60 federal convictions on pollution cases referred by the EPA, the fewest since 1995, according to the Syracuse University figures.

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