The Trump administration offered grand pronouncements about environmental deregulation in 2017. But this is the year to hammer out the details.
An analysis of enforcement data at the E.P.A. shows a substantial drop in activity against polluters when compared to the Obama and Bush administrations.
Using information from a public database, the analysis covered activity during the first 266 days of E.P.A. leaders in the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations.
In a settlement with the Justice Department and the E.P.A., the company also agreed to spend $300 million to upgrade technology at eight facilities.
Mr. Trump is intent on repealing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s environmental legacy. Failure to replace it could invite lawsuits and, eventually, tougher rules.
The charges against Oliver Schmidt in federal court in Detroit arose from a company scheme to rig cars with devices that circumvented emissions tests.