Study Chides Calif. For Not Punishing More Violations

Law360, New York (October 14, 2008, 12:00 AM ET) -- Although California leads the U.S. in setting environmental and public health standards, many violations of the state's standards are not being penalized, according to a report released last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The report, titled “An Uneven Shield: The Record of Enforcement and Violations Under California’s Environmental, Health and Workplace Safety Laws,” assessed known violations of water pollution, hazardous waste management, drinking water, air pollution, agricultural pesticide use and workplace safety and health laws, and found that violation rates and enforcement activity varied...
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