A new report comparing the Environmental Protection Agency’s productivity during the presidencies of Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton reveals that the primary agency charged with protecting America’s clean air and water has pursued fewer cases and collected 60 percent less in civil penalties under President Trump than under any of his predecessors.

“Under America’s last three presidents, the EPA collected an average of $30 million, not adjusted for inflation, from companies for violating laws such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. … This year, the EPA has collected $12 million,” notes Diep.

“President Trump campaigned on a promise of law and order, but apparently law enforcement for big polluters is not what he had in mind,” the executive director of the Environmental Integrity Project, Eric Schaeffer, said in a statement.

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