Funding Shortfalls Plague Environmental Enforcement Training

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At the end of June, the Midwest Environmental Enforcement Association will stop operations, the latest sign of troubles for regional groups that have long helped to train state environmental personnel.

The Midwest group's executive director, Jim Triner, who has led it for 22 years, will work from home as a part-time contract employee in September, collecting dues from member agencies and disbursing the funds for training courses developed by others.

“The bottom line is, what we were is no longer,” Triner told Bloomberg BNA. He said the new arrangement left open the possibility new funding would come along in the next year, so the group could restart.

Meanwhile, two counterparts—the Northeast Environmental Enforcement Project and the Southern Environmental Enforcement Network—have downsized, while a third, the Western States Project, has stronger funding but nonetheless has some concerns about its future.

Bloomberg BNA reporter/editor Renee Schoof has the story for subscribers in Funding Shortfalls Plague Environmental Enforcement Training.