While the world faces a global pandemic, the US Environmental Protection Agency has scaled back requirements on polluters. On March 26, the agency issued a memo stating that it will “not seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring or reporting obligations.”
This announcement creates the opportunity for companies to pollute if they can cite the coronavirus as a reason for violating environmental laws.
There is no end date set for this policy and no comment period for the public to weigh in with our concerns about lowering protections for our air and water.
While frontline workers and many local leaders have been fighting to protect our communities, polluting industries like oil and gas have capitalized on this crisis and lobbied for more lax rules on pollution. Join Green America by urging your elected officials in Congress to hold the EPA accountable and urge the reversal of this dangerous decision.
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