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Few criminal cases target big air polluters

Promised crackdown withers amid delays, legal challenges

In policing the nation’s polluters, criminal prosecution is the government’s most potent weapon. Congress passed legislation 21 years ago to strengthen criminal enforcement and encourage the EPA and the Justice Department to go after the worst violators of air pollution laws. But an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News shows the extent to which this vision has gone unrealized.

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