The Trump Administration has not slowed down its rollback of environmental legislation. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to gut the legislation and according to the New York Times, 100 environmental rules have been reversed during the administration. Trump’s government is also using coronavirus as a means to reduce existing environmental legislation.
We reported on a Harvard study released in April that showed the connection between pollution and coronavirus. The study found that there were more coronavirus cases in areas with higher air pollution. An EPA spokesperson disputed the study, saying the authors “miscalculated our guidance” on areas with high air pollution.
The Trump Administration also announced that it would suspend enforcement of environmental laws for companies so they don’t need to worry about them during the coronavirus outbreak. No timeline was given on the rollback of these policies and the agency said it wouldn’t “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.” These monitoring and reporting obligations include companies‘ actions on wastewater and air pollution, among others.
The administration is also taking swipes at policy unrelated to the coronavirus. The EPA lowered fuel economy and emissions standards for automobiles in March. It was described as the “largest deregulatory initiative of this administration,” by the automotive industry. Environmentalists warned it would increase pollution level and greenhouse gas emissions. This means cars are allowed to be made with fewer mile-per-gallon requirements and industry has no reason not to make vehicles that are considered “gas guzzlers,” with low miles per gallon.
The rollbacks include policies on drilling, air pollution, animals, toxic substances and water pollution.
Cynthia Giles, head of EPA’s Office of Enforcement during the Obama administration called it, ” 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.”
Scientists believe that the spread of COVID-19, or coronavirus, started at an exotic animal market in Wuhan, China. You can help stop the incidence of viruses like these by signing this petition to ban the wildlife trade.
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