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Tracker: Weakened Environmental Laws and Policies in Response to COVID-19

The Institute for Policy Integrity is tracking the suspension and altered enforcement of environmental laws and policies by federal, state, and city agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In connection with the crisis, several agencies have issued waivers or announced plans to stop enforcing key environmental laws and regulations. The three tables below track such actions by federal agencies, states, and select large cities. 

Separately, the Trump administration has continued to pursue several controversial policy priorities even in the face of the crisis, for example by weakening public health protections in its rollback of automobile emission standards, holding non-competitive auctions for oil & gas leases, and denying requests to extend public comment periods in regulatory proceedings. But this tracker focuses only on actions directly connected to the pandemic rather than instances where the administration has continued to pursue its policy priorities while the nation addresses the public health crisis.

This tracker currently includes 19 federal actions, 41 state actions, and municipal actions. Last updated July 1, 2020.

This tracker includes all relevant examples of which we are aware and is continually updated. For questions or to submit updates, contact Isabel.carey@nyu.edu.