Civil cases against polluters plummet under Trump
The number of civil environmental cases filed in 2017 dropped to about half the average of the prior three administrations.
Source: Environmental Integrity Project.
Numbers are for civil environmental cases filed by the US Department of Justice and EPA and penalties imposed from the first working day after Inauguration Day in the first term of each administration to one year later. Penalties were adjusted for inflation based on December 2017 dollars and on the Consumer Price Index.
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