Rapanos Caused Drastic Enforcement Drop: Study

Law360 (December 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement under the Clean Water Act has become drastically lax since a court ruling limited the law's scope two years ago, with hundreds of violations such as oil spills going unpunished and dozens of actions against energy companies and other polluters being downgraded, a new study has found.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Rapanos v. U.S. in June 2006, the EPA made a conscious choice not to go after as many as 300 Clean Water Act infringements between July...
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