LAWMAKERS EYE EXEMPTING DOJ FROM BILL LIMITING CONSENT DECREES

December 1, 2005
In a bid to win broader support, Republican backers of legislation that would allow state and local governments to ask courts to vacate consent decrees may exempt decrees initiated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of EPA and other federal agencies, several sources following the issue say. The bills have generated strong criticism from EPA sources, Democrats, environmentalists and civil rights activists, who fear it would allow defendants to continue violating the law and unravel long standing and...


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