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Southern States Troubled by Criminal Enforcement Drawdown (1)

June 11, 2019, 4:42 PM; Updated: June 11, 2019, 8:33 PM

Mississippi and Tennessee authorities say the EPA’s push for partnership with states and environmental compliance has left criminal enforcement in question.

The Environmental Protection Agency is “pivoting from enforcement to compliance,” Leif Palmer, regional counsel for the agency’s Region 4 office, which covers the southeast U.S., said at an American Bar Association conference in Atlanta on June 11. At the same time, the agency is prioritizing its partnerships with state environmental authorities under the term “cooperative federalism.”

One of the areas where states need federal cooperation is criminal enforcement, Donna Hodges, an attorney with the Mississippi Department ...

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