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The future of environmental enforcement?

Overview

A new decision in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals gives new influence to objection letters sent by the US Environmental Protection Agency to state and local environmental agencies, and may open the door for the EPA to employ informal methods of strict environmental enforcement.


This would give the embattled, budget-restricted EPA less costly means of preserving its enforcement programs − all the more significant in light of the Trump Administration's deep budget cuts and other restrictions on the agency.

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