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U.S. Attorneys office for one reason or another declined to file criminal charges against nine out of ten of the 55 individuals or businesses the agencies had recommended be charged with criminal pollution violations: Get the TRAC Report

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In the Tampa area, Florida Middle, the U.S. Attorneys office for one reason or another declined to file criminal charges against nine out of ten of the 55 individuals or businesses the agencies had recommended be charged with criminal pollution violations. For active districts, this was the highest "declination rate" in the country.

In Alaska and the Mobile area in Alabama, Alabama South, the U.S. Attorneys chose to decline more than four out of five of the pollution matters.

In the areas around Los Angeles and St Louis, California Central and Missouri East, federal prosecutors declined less than half.

TRAC has written that future bulletins will zero in on such subjects as shifts in the administration-by-administration record concerning violators of the pollution or wildlife laws and an analysis of what happens to environmental matters once the investigative agencies have recommended that a prosecution be brought against a particular individual or business.

http://trac.syr.edu/tracreports/environ/65

TRAC is also offering scholarships to a limited number of environmental groups that would like access to case-by-case information. For details call Paula Ben Gabr at 315 443-3563.

September 16, 2004 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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