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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:23 AM

Trump administration allows companies to break pollution laws during coronavirus pandemic


Extraordinary move signals to US companies that they will not face any sanctions for polluting the air or water

Oliver Milman and Emily Holden
Fri 27 Mar 2020 10.53 EDT

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended its enforcement of environmental laws during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, signaling to companies they will not face any sanction for polluting the air or water of Americans.

In an extraordinary move that has stunned former EPA officials, the Trump administration said it will not expect compliance with the routine monitoring and reporting of pollution and won’t pursue penalties for breaking these rules.

Polluters will be able to ignore environmental laws as long as they can claim in some way these violations were caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In the event of an imminent threat to public health, the EPA will defer to the states and “consider the circumstances” over whether it should intervene.

There is no end date set for this dropping of enforcement.

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the EPA, said that coronavirus had made it difficult for businesses to protect workers and the public while adhering to clean air and water rules.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/27/trump-pollution-laws-epa-allows-companies-pollute-without-penalty-during-coronavirus

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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:12 AM

1. Thanks, Judi Lynn. ❤ nt

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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:53 PM

2. This is obscene

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