The Trump team at EPA has been open about its crusade for regulatory rollbacks. But fines, violations and other enforcement cases are disappearing in the dark.
Statistics show that enforcement generally has been falling at the agency as its budget dwindles. But we documented specific fines and violations that vanished after lobbyists contacted Trump's EPA. That meant companies got away with pollution.
Our reporting showed EPA Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson killed an investigation into air pollution from a whiskey distillery in Indiana. After Jackson got involved, two pollution enforcement cases stalled, one about Ohio oil and gas wells another about hazardous waste from natural gas fuel cells. And a $700,000 fine against a refinery in his home state of Oklahoma disappeared after Jackson inquired about it at the suggestion of a lobbyist.