EPA Slashes Enforcement Goals For 2014-18

By Sean McLernon (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 five years, nearly half as many as the 19,500 cases expected in its plan from...

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