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Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:11 PM

EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/489753-epa-suspends-enforcement-of-environmental-laws-amid-coronavirus#.Xn076UUpiP0.twitter

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.

The temporary policy, for which EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”

Cynthia Giles, who headed EPA’s Office of Enforcement during the Obama administration, called it a moratorium on enforcing the nation's environmental laws and an abdication of EPA’s duty.

“This EPA statement is essentially a nationwide waiver of environmental rules for the indefinite future. It tells companies across the country that they will not face enforcement even if they emit unlawful air and water pollution in violation of environmental laws, so long as they claim that those failures are in some way 'caused' by the virus pandemic. And it allows them an out on monitoring too, so we may never know how bad the violating pollution was,” she wrote in a statement to The Hill.

The EPA has been under pressure from a number of industries, including the oil industry, to suspend enforcement of a number of environmental regulations due to the pandemic.

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CousinIT Thursday OP
Initech Thursday #1
Flaleftist Thursday #2
CousinIT Thursday #3
AlexSFCA Thursday #4
BigmanPigman Thursday #9
femmedem Thursday #5
Freethinker65 Thursday #6
CousinIT Thursday #8
procon Thursday #7
Faux pas Thursday #10
LastLiberal in PalmSprings Thursday #11

Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:13 PM

1. Woooooooooohooooooooooo!!! Anything goes now!!!

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:14 PM

2. Maybe I should have stocked up on bottled water.

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Response to Flaleftist (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:16 PM

3. Don't bother. It's been hoarded like toilet paper and NOW you'll never see it on shelves again...

...for a few years.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:17 PM

4. it doesn't wave state level regulations

E.g., California environmental standards are stricter than EPA’s.

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Response to AlexSFCA (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:30 PM

9. Thank you, now I'm not as depressed.

Every little thing helps you know.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:22 PM

5. WTF? Talk about disaster capitalism. n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:23 PM

6. They will suspend OSHA and all labor and consumer protections if they can get away with it

Shock Doctrine in action.

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:28 PM

8. I'd look for suspension of most laws that protect the public, environment, and workers. n/t

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:23 PM

7. Republicans will exploit any crisis to make money off

the misery of other people. They have had a lot of experience.

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:29 PM

10. Is there anything

left for the inhumanes to turn into a smoldering pile?

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Response to CousinIT (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 11:30 PM

11. Never waste a good crisis. nt

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