DOJ Sued Over Ending Use of Projects to Settle Pollution Claims

Oct. 8, 2020, 8:34 PM

The Department of Justice has unlawfully scuttled its longstanding practice of allowing companies to complete environmental projects to settle claims of pollution-related violations, a conservation group says in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Massachusetts federal court.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, centers on a memo issued by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in March that ended the use of supplemental environmental projects in federal consent decrees.

Clark, who leads the department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said SEPs “divert cash from the Treasury to third parties” in violation of the ...

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