At this point, I’m fully expecting mustache twirling.
The EPA, under direction from the current administration, suspended its enforcement of environmental laws.
Not just some of the laws and regulations – effectively all of them. No monitoring, integrity testing, sampling, laboratory analysis, training, reporting, or certification obligations. So long as the company says that it was due to COVID-19 and provides supporting documentation to the EPA upon request.
As if the EPA would request it. Because there’s no end date set.
Even after the fallout from COVID-19 is done, this can stay on.
Plus the EPA has clearly stated that it won’t pursue penalties if companies break the rules.
There are not even any provisions to take action should a company do something egregious or if there is immediate threat to health – at best the EPA has said they would tell “state authorities.”
This is beyond reprehensible. They are using the cover of a crisis to cause active and ongoing harm to people, to people’s livelihoods, to the future. There could be another Cuyahoga River incident tomorrow, and they would shrug.
This is not good.
(And just to be sure both sides of their moustaches gets attention, they also just dropped fuel economy standards.)