The State of Environmental Enforcement: The Failure of State Governments to Enforce Environmental Protections and Proposals for Reform
Publication Date: March 2003
Publisher(s): Colorado Public Interest Research Foundation
Author(s): Tony Dutzik
Keywords: public health; water quality; air quality
Enforcement of clean air and clean water protections by state governments is weak. The State of Environmental Enforcement documents how state agencies ignore pollution problems, allow environmental law-breakers to escape without paying fines, conduct shoddy inspections, and have systems of record-keeping so flawed that no one can accurately determine just how bad the situation is. To protect public health, states must improve their enforcement of environmental laws.