Libertarian good times: Interior issuing offshore drilling permits while 93% of EPA is shut down

AlJazeera reports:

Permitting for offshore drilling will continue amid a government shutdown that has stopped or seriously slowed many other government services since Congress failed to pass budget resolution late Monday night.

By contrast, the interruption of federal financing has “disrupted” the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts “to protect people’s health and the environment,” an EPA spokesperson told Al Jazeera Tuesday.

The shutdown has indefinitely delayed cleanup activities at 505 hazardous waste sites in 47 states, the agency said. But the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will continue to back all permit-related activities.

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