Citing Virus, EPA Has Stopped Enforcing Environmental Laws

New York Times | Mar 27, 2020 at 1:56 AM
  • The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The oil and gas industry were among the industries that had sought an advance relaxation of environmental and public health enforcement during the outbreak, citing potential staffing problems.
  • Civil and criminal enforcement of polluters under the administration has fallen sharply.