Environmental Enforcement Under Trump

The Trump Administration’s EPA has been lighter on the pocketbooks of polluters than previous administrations, collecting 60 percent less in civil penalties than previous administrations had recovered from environmental violators… Read more

Breakdowns in Enforcement

State records from 2011 through 2016 reveal lax enforcement during industrial malfunctions and maintenance. Texas imposed penalties on less than 3 percent of illegal air pollution releases during industrial malfunctions and… Read more

House Bill Bans Future VW-Style Settlements

In the midst of multiple investigations of automakers for installing air pollution testing “defeat devices,” U.S. House lawmakers are backing legislation that would ban all future Volkswagen-style court settlement agreements… Read more


Don’t Believe the “Job Killer” Hype

As incoming President Donald Trump prepares to appoint an EPA Administrator based on claims that environmental regulations “kill jobs,” a new report that synthesizes decades of economics research documents that… Read more

Arsenic in California Drinking Water

More than three years after the federal government found California in noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, 95 public water systems serving more than 55,000 people across the state… Read more

Toxic Wastewater from Coal Plants

Coal-fired power plants account for almost a third of the toxic pollution discharged to our rivers and streams from all industrial sources, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--… Read more


Breakdowns in Air Quality

More than 68 million pounds of mostly illegal air pollution poured from 679 facilities in Texas during 3,421 incidents of breakdowns and maintenance in 2015. This report, by the Environmental… Read more

Don’t Drink the Water

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act has required public water supplies to limit arsenic concentrations in drinking water to no more than 10 parts per billion (ppb) since 2006, in… Read more