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November 21, 2019

Federal Pollution Prosecutions Continue to Fall

Rejecting criticism of declining pollution prosecution, enforcement chief Susan Bodine recently told an American Bar Association conference that EPA remains aggressive. Yet, Justice Department records compiled by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse paint a far different picture. For FY 2019 (which ended this past September): There were only 75 EPA-initiated criminal prosecutions filed, a low dating back to 1994; and Convictions secured are at the lowest level this century (back to 1995) and half the number of such convictions won just five years ago.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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