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Coronavirus Stunted EPA’s Enforcement Metrics in Fiscal 2020

Jan. 13, 2021, 8:50 PM

The coronavirus pandemic dented the EPA’s enforcement numbers in fiscal 2020, although the agency said Wednesday that it had been on pace earlier to outdo its numbers from previous years.

The Environmental Protection Agency also said it still managed to make gains in other areas across the board.

It rang up close to $160 million in penalties against alleged violators for the fiscal year that ended in October—down from the $365.9 million in penalties from the previous year, according to a new report.

But over the first five months of fiscal 2020—roughly before the coronavirus...

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