EPA Slashes Enforcement Goals For 2014-18

Law360, New York (November 25, 2013, 7:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to substantially scale back its enforcement presence over the next five years, releasing a draft strategic plan last week calling for fewer inspections, judicial and administrative enforcement cases, and forced cleanups.

The plan envisions serious enforcement reductions compared to the 2011-15 version, hitting the brakes on nearly all of EPA's strategic enforcement measures. Expected outputs in 2014-18 will fall by as much as 70 percent from three years ago.

The EPA anticipates concluding 10,000 civil enforcement cases during the next...
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