EPA’s temporary suspension of environmental enforcement seems to have reduced pollution reporting
SkyTruth intern Dhiya Sathananthan detected a drop in pollution reporting that might be linked to EPA’s temporary reporting suspension in 2020.
On March 26, 2020 the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency announced a temporary suspension in the enforcement of environmental legal obligations across a broad spectrum of activities. At SkyTruth, we feared an increase in environmental pollution might occur as a result of this policy and that industries might fail to report pollution events if they were not required to do so. Intern Dhiya Sathananthan dove into the data to find out what happened during this time period.