Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

Federal Environmental Enforcement Is Back, While Trump Hotel Violates IL State Laws

The Justice Department’s Environmental lawyers last week reversed numerous Trump administration policies, including one that allows companies to do environmental restoration and remediation projects as part of their fines and penalties.  At the same time, a state court in Illinois held the Trump International Hotel in Chicago had violated state environmental laws because it was using river water without a valid permit.

Why This Matters:  Our environmental laws are only effective if there is a credible threat of enforcement to ensure compliance, and when it is clear that no one — even a former-President — is above the law.

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