EPA Enforcement Strategy Gives Small Operators A Pass

Law360, New York (February 13, 2014, 6:23 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's current strategy of focusing its enforcement resources on the country's biggest violators yielded hefty returns in 2013, but experts say that approach will likely allow smaller operators to escape agency scrutiny and ignore EPA regulations without paying the price.

The agency released its annual enforcement results last week, contending that it is driving compliance by going after companies responsible for the largest pollution incidents. The total number of cases pursued by the agency is down, however, and the EPA's draft strategic...
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