The Trump administration just gave polluters a free pass to pollute our air and water with impunity.
Using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover, Trump’s EPA announced it will no longer enforce legally mandated public health and environmental protections nationwide — indefinitely, while the pandemic crisis lasts.
Letting oil refineries, chemical plants and other industrial polluters off the hook is disgusting and shamelessly opportunistic.
Never before has the EPA just given up and stopped enforcing its own rules at this scale.
The pandemic has upended what is normal for everyone, but that’s not an excuse to toss aside environmental protections.
We’ve seen countless attacks from the Trump administration on wildlife and the laws that protect it. The Endangered Species Act is already under tremendous threat from being weakened in its ability to save plants and animals.
Now, with the EPA turning a blind eye to industrial pollution, our public health could be even more seriously threatened. This cynical ploy is a new low, even for this administration.