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States go their own ways on environmental enforcement during crisis

Posted by [email protected] on Jun. 15, 2020     

Shared from A&WMA Livewire

Like the Environmental Protection Agency, most states appear to be providing some level of enforcement discretion, but the degree of such forbearance varies.

"Even though industry is pushing to slow down environmental rule-making in California, our governor and state legislative leaders are committed to maintaining and building on our state safety net of public health air and water quality regulations," said Annie Notthoff, Western states advocacy director at Natural Resources Defense Council.

Departures from EPA policy might be expected in states where Democrats control such oversight. But Republican administrations, too, have charted their own course. And some states run by Democrats have also played against type by following the administration's lead.

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