Bush's EPA 'Exaggerated' Enforcement Efforts: GAO

Law360, New York (October 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Shortcomings in the measures used by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to report the effectiveness of its civil and criminal enforcement programs have enabled the agency to downplay a decline in enforcement under the Bush administration, a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office has found.

Among the various problems are the agency's tendency to report penalties assessed against violators rather than actual penalties received by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, according to the report, released Tuesday by the House Committee on Energy and...
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