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Under the headline “EPA Enforcement in 2012 Protects Communities from Harmful Pollution,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 17, 2012, released its annual report of enforcement activities for the 2012...more
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Originally published in Oklahoma Bar Journal - Volume 83, No.5 - February 11, 2012.
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