EPA defends enforcement record at hearing
The Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement chief on Tuesday defended the Trump administration’s work, despite a report by the agency showing civil and criminal crackdowns on polluters have dropped in the past two years.
Assistant administrator Susan Bodine, who heads the office of enforcement, told a House subcommittee that the EPA is not soft on enforcement. She said the agency is giving states a greater role in regulation and stressing voluntary compliance.
But Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., said EPA’s own statistics show an agency that’s “giving polluters a free pass.”