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EPA cutback of enforcement amid coronavirus draws protests

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​As the new coronavirus spreads across the country, environmental regulatory enforcement is contracting.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced March 26 that it is “temporarily” suspending enforcement of environmental laws tied to a sweeping list of categories. The policy is retroactive to March 13, when President Trump officially declared a national emergency, and includes no end date.

Environmentalists sharply criticized the EPA announcement, arguing that it effectively allows many industries to skirt environmental rules, including oil refineries and chemical plants.

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within it’s 64,000-square-mile watershed. Those policies — often expensive — not only need to be scientifically sound, but must be defensible in the political process at the national, state and local levels. A robust debate is often part of that process. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment require both sound policy making and political support.

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