The EPA has pretty much stopped prosecuting polluters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t just rolling back environmental laws at a breakneck speed, but it’s also failing to enforce the ones still in place. According to new figures from the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, the number of cases the EPA referred for criminal prosecution last year plummeted to its lowest point since 1988 (when Reagan was in office). In fiscal year 2018, the agency flagged a mere 166 potential violations for the U.S. Department of Justice—a nearly 60 percent reduction from 2011 and a 72 percent reduction from 1998. As for fiscal year 2019, so far it appears to be continuing this trend of not enforcing environmental protections, and the number of criminal investigators assigned to pollution cases has also dropped significantly. The agency's priorities are clear—and again, your health is not one of them.

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