- Dec 11, 2018
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.
'Holy Crap This Is Insane': Citing Coronavirus Pandemic, EPA Indefinitely Suspends Environmental Rules
"The EPA uses this global pandemic to create loopholes for destroying the environment. This is a schoolbook example for what we need to start looking out for."