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“EPA: Provocative Enforcement Chief Finds ‘Few Friends'”

“EPA's controversial coronavirus enforcement policy ends today as the pandemic continues to rage across the country.

Critics blasted enforcement chief Susan Bodine when she issued the March 26 policy, which signaled laxer enforcement of pollution rules during the pandemic.

Now they're questioning EPA's reasoning behind the policy's termination.

“Why start it and why end it when COVID is still going?” asked Joel Mintz, a former EPA official who's now an environmental professor at the Nova Southeastern University Law Center. “It's all politics. There is no real reason. I don't get it.””

Kelsey Brugger reports for E&E News August 31, 2020.