Bloomberg Law
April 1, 2020, 4:25 PMUpdated: April 1, 2020, 4:43 PM

EPA Enforcement Dropping Sharply, Agency Watchdog Says (1)

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The EPA’s enforcement and compliance monitoring activities have tailed off sharply over the last decade, the agency’s internal watchdog said in a new report.

The findings are broadly consistent with patterns reported elsewhere, including by the Environmental Protection Agency itself in February.

In fiscal 2018, the EPA conducted 33% fewer inspections than in fiscal 2007, according to the Office of Inspector General in a report dated March 31 but made public Wednesday.

The number of enforcement actions initiated by the EPA fell by 52% over the same period, and the number of actions completed dropped by 51%, the OIG ...

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