A new study by OMB Watch finds that the Obama administration has noticeably increased enforcement of workplace safety laws, and supporting data also showed that the administration was making consumer health and environmental regulations enforcement tougher.
In 2009, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued more than 68,000 citations – more than twice the amount of citations issued the previous year by the Bush administration. In 2010, the drastic trend upwards continued with citations skyrocketing at almost 114,000 by the middle of July. You do the math and you can see how many citations might be issued in 2011 – maybe triple that amount and add a few more.
OMB Watch reported seeing similar trends at other agencies but none were quite as steep in comparison to the previous administration. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increased the average amount for a fine against the Clean Water Act by nearly one-third during the Obama administration’s first 18 months; however, the penalties for serious violations were issued at a slightly slower rate compared to that of the preceding administration.