EPA Policy Shift Leaves Daunting Enforcement Void

Law360, New York (November 26, 2013, 8:34 PM EST) -- With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency poised to steer resources away from its enforcement division during the next five years, former EPA officials said the agency will be relying heavily on states, municipalities and nonprofit environmental groups that are less equipped to tackle polluters on their own.

The EPA last week released a draft strategic plan for 2014-18 that envisions a massive drop in enforcement activity from the 2011-15 version — more than 30,000 fewer inspections, about 10,000 fewer lawsuits and 22 billion fewer pounds of...
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