Press Release

Gina McCarthy: EPA Grants “Open License to Pollute”

Jake Thompson
jthompson@nrdc.org, 301-602-3627

Elizabeth Heyd
eheyd@nrdc.org, 202-813-8315

WASHINGTON –The Environmental Protection Agency today issued an “enforcement discretion policy” that would allow industry to pollute without fear of enforcement actions.

The following is a statement by Gina McCarthy, president and CEO of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“This is an open license to pollute. Plain and simple. The administration should be giving its all toward making our country healthier right now. Instead it is taking advantage of an unprecedented public health crisis to do favors for polluters that threaten public health.

“We can all appreciate the need for additional caution and flexibility in a time of crisis, but this brazen directive is an abdication of the EPA’s responsibility to protect our health.”

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