'Tis the season for the annual year-in-review column, beloved by writers and editors desperate to fill pages and screens of blank space during these slow news weeks. I'm going to forgo that annual holiday journalism tradition -- sort of. While perusing various year-end and year-ahead trend story pitches that had popped into my in-box since Thanksgiving, I came across one from the United States Environmental Protection Agency that caught my attention. The EPA was releasing its annual enforcement stats for 2009. Usually that's a big yawn, given that for most of the past decade prosecuting polluters was not high on …
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Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California who writes for The New York Times, Quartz, and other publications.