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Open thread for night owls: Budget cuts have greatly reduced EPA enforcement and investigations

Brandi Buchman at Courthouse News writes—Budget Cuts Cripple EPA Enforcement as Cases & Investigations Plummet: Deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s criminal investigation unit have accompanied a steep reduction in the number of new criminal cases filed against polluters and other violators of environmental laws according to a new report. Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, released its findings under the headline “EPA Criminal Pollution Enforcement Withering Away: Number of Criminal Investigators, Cases Opened, and Convictions Nosediving.
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