EPA de­fends en­force­ment record at hear­ing

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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.”

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