In March 2020, the US EPA issued a controversial memo stating that it would suspend enforcement actions for violations of environmental regulations when the agency assessed that the Caronavirus was to blame. Failure to enforce regulations provided polluters with permission to pollute at a time when air pollution was linked to increased risks for people contracting the Caronavirus.
Green America joined environmental, environmental justice, and health allies in protesting this memo, and our members sent over 10,000 messages to Congress, asking elected officials to intervene.
In June, the EPA announced that it would terminate the memo and re-start all enforcement actions by September 1, 2020.
This is an important victory for people and the planet. Thanks to everyone who took action to protest this egregious suspension of enforcement.