Gov’t shutdown stops EPA enforcement — So no armed raids of mines for water quality checks

Greenwire reports:

The shutdown also means the agency is carrying out “virtually no civil enforcement,” the employee added. “There’s fewer eyes on things; there’s far fewer cops on the beat across the agency.”

Coordinating efforts among agencies is tough even when offices are fully staffed. Getting emergency resources together in the event of an environmental disaster now would be difficult.

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