EPA data reveals dramatic decrease in enforcement of polluter fees

Read the full story in The Hill. See also in The Hill: EPA penalties for polluters cut in half under Trump, study finds.

Under President Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined far fewer polluters for breaking emissions rules than the Obama administration.

Numbers released Thursday by the EPA in its annual enforcement report revealed that polluters were fined a total of $1.6 billion in penalties in fiscal year 2017 — about a fifth of the $5.7 billion EPA penalties collected the year prior, under President Obama.

The federal fiscal year goes from Oct. 1, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2017.

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