December 12, 2013

Positive change at EPA?

By Damien M. Schiff Senior Attorney

Last month, EPA released a draft strategic plan that anticipates reducing inspections by about one-third and civil enforcement cases by a little more than 20%.  The environmental community is alarmed, but this move strikes me as perfectly reasonable:  the agency using its limited enforcement budget to address the biggest polluters.  That’s an approach that PLF has long advocated on behalf of beleaguered landowners like the Sacketts:  why would EPA spend so much time and effort on the alleged fill of 0.5 acres of wetlands to construct a single-family home?  Perhaps landowners like the Sacketts may someday see the benefits of the agency’s more sensible approach.

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