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DOJ Tightens Scrutiny Of Attorneys' Fees In New Bid To Blunt Citizen Suits

March 09, 2018
The Justice Department (DOJ) is tightening its oversight of attorneys' fees paid to environmental groups that win lawsuits against EPA and other agencies, in the latest sign the Trump administration is seeking to blunt enforcement of environmental laws by citizen groups even as it cuts its own enforcement budgets. Environmentalists say the scrutiny of their requests for attorneys fees -- coupled with EPA's refusal to settle deadline cases where it is clear the agency has violated the law and DOJ's...

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