EPA Uses Coronavirus as Excuse to Reduce Regulations for Polluters

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During these strange last few weeks of pandemic-induced shelter-in-place orders, toilet paper hoarding and beach closures, one of the few silver linings has been news stories of improved environmental health—from clear waters in Venice, Italy to several consecutive weeks of clean air in Los Angeles—which seem to suggest that everything on the planet (aside from people, of course) might enjoy a net-positive outcome from the coronavirus outbreak.

Not so fast. On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, announced a broad relaxation of environmental rules framed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, large production facilities like factories and power plants are required to report anytime they discharge a certain level of pollution into the air and water. According to the New York Times, though, power plants, factories…

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