Environmental Prosecutions Trending Downward
(02 Apr 2008) In December 2007, there were 20 federal prosecutions of environmental law, according to timely enforcement data from the Justice Department. This is down from 39 in the previous month, and represents the fourth consecutive month for which a decline in prosecutions can be seen. Among the statutes included in such prosecutions are 16 USC 703 (Taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds) and 33 USC 1319 (Water Pollution Enforcement), both of which show significant declines in this time period.

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