EPA Will Ramp Up Environmental Enforcement, Focus on EJ Communities

EPA Will Ramp Up Environmental Enforcement, Focus on EJ Communities

EPA’s acting chief of enforcement sent a memo to staff last week (that The Hill obtained) calling for them to “[s]trengthen enforcement in overburdened communities by resolving environmental noncompliance through remedies with tangible benefits for the community” with a particular emphasis on “cornerstone environmental statutes.” 

Why This Matters: The Biden administration can immediately make progress correcting environmental injustice through fair and strong enforcement of current laws

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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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