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Above the Law

Above the Law

How The Government Lets Major Air Polluters Off The Hook
Saturday, May 1, 1999

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An Environmental Working Group analysis of recently released enforcement records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) reveals a persistent pattern of “significant violations” of the Clean Air Act (CAA) in five major industries. Hundreds of large facilities in auto assembly, iron and steel, petroleum refining, pulp manufacturing, and metal smelting and refining are threatening the public health by their repeated failure to comply with federal clean air safeguards. Worse, there has been little effort by state or federal officials to bring even the most flagrant offenders into compliance with current statutory requirements.

The EWG analysis is based upon records of compliance with air pollution standards at nearly 600 facilities in five major industries across the United States during the past two years. These records, which were audited by polluters and state and federal enforcement agencies, have just recently been released to the public.

View and Download our report here: Above the Law

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