EPA halts surprise inspections of power, chemical plants

From: The Hill

“Environmentalists are criticizing the policy change for limiting the tools EPA enforcement officials can use to make sure power plants, chemical facilities and other emitters are not illegally polluting across states. “Taking the element of surprise away from inspections decreases their effectiveness, for obvious reasons,” Tim Whitehouse, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a former EPA enforcement attorney, said in a statement. “I fear that EPA’s ‘no surprises’ posture masks a ‘see no evil’ approach to corporate polluters.” ”

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