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The EPA Has Backed Off Enforcement Under Trump – Here Are The Numbers

January 03, 2019 / Marianne Sullivan

The Trump administration has sought to weaken the Environmental Protection Agency in a number of ways, from staff and proposed budget cuts to attempts to undermine the use of science in policymaking. Now, our new research finds that one of the EPA’s most important functions enforcement has also fallen off dramatically. Since its founding, the EPA has been the nation’s environmental enforcer of last resort. Enforcing environmental laws is a fundamental role of the EPA.