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Environmental crimes update: EPA criminal enforcement under the Bush Administration
By Thomas C. Green, Kristin Graham Koehler
In her May 2003 resignation letter to President Bush, Environmental
Protection Agency Administrator Christine Todd Whitman, asserted that
the environment is better protected now then it was when Bush took
office in January 2001.1 Whitman also touted the administration’s “aggressive and effective efforts to enforce the nation’s environmental laws.”2
Whitman’s rhetoric, however, has been sharply countered by recent
statistics suggesting that President Bush has pursued environmental
polluters far less aggressively than the EPA did in the last two years
of the Clinton Administration.3 Indeed, Jeff Ruch, Executive
Director of Public Employees for Environmental Response, has accused
Whitman of “quietly presiding over the largest enforcement rollback in
agency history.”4 Representative John Dingell (D-MI), the ranking
Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has said that the
decline was part of “an extremely disturbing trend toward weaker
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