Civil Penalties Issued By EPA For Breaking Pollution Rules Down Significantly Under President Trump

 In Environment   Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Civil penalties issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for those breaking emissions and pollution rules have declined significantly under President Trump’s first two years.

In the two decades before President Trump took office, EPA civil fines averaged more than $500 million a year, when adjusted for inflation. Last year’s total [2018] was 85 percent below that amount — $72 million.”

During the first 9 months of Trump’s Presidency, the EPA “sought civil penalties of about $50.4 million from polluters for cases initiated under Mr. Trump. Adjusted for inflation, that is about 39 percent of what the Obama administration sought and about 70 percent of what the Bush administration sought over the same time period.”



Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis. "Civil penalties for polluters dropped dramatically in Trump’s first two years, analysis shows." Washington Post, 24 January 2019. Web. 02 February 2019.
Eric Lipton and Danielle Ivory. "Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Polluters, and Put Limits on Enforcement Officers." New York Times, 10 December 2017. Web. 02 February 2019.
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