EPA indefinitely suspends environmental rules, using coronavirus pandemic as an excuse

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Under the [new policy](https://westernvaluesproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID10-EPA-Enforcement-and-Compliance.pdf), which the EPA insisted is temporary while providing no timeframe, big polluters will effectively be [trusted to regulate themselves](https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/climate/epa-coronavirus-pollution-rules.html) and will not be punished for failing to comply with reporting rules and other requirements. The order—applied retroactively beginning March 13, 2020—requests that companies "act responsibly" to avoid violations.

 

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