EPA Using Coronavirus as Excuse to Gut Environmental Regulations

EPA Using Coronavirus as Excuse to Gut Environmental Regulations March 28, 2020

In the “logic” of Trumpworld, a viral pandemic is a good reason to allow companies to dump toxic waste into our lakes and streams and spew more pollution into the air. That’s exactly what his EPA is doing, ending enforcement of clean air and clean water regulations and using the coronavirus as an excuse to do it.

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced a sweeping relaxation of environmental rules in response to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing power plants, factories and other facilities to determine for themselves if they are able to meet legal requirements on reporting air and water pollution.

The move comes amid an influx of requests from businesses for a relaxation of regulations as they face layoffs, personnel restrictions and other problems related to the coronavirus outbreak.

Issued by the E.P.A.’s top compliance official, Susan P. Bodine, the policy sets new guidelines for companies to monitor themselves for an undetermined period of time during the outbreak and says that the agency will not issue fines for violations of certain air, water and hazardous-waste-reporting requirements.

Companies are normally required to report when their factories discharge certain levels of pollution into the air or water.

That’s right, they won’t even be required to report how much pollution they emit in excess of regulations, so we’ll have no way of knowing how bad it will be. This is so irrational and perverse that only Trump and his cult would even think of it. Unreal.


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