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EPA Hits Pause on Plan to Reopen D.C. Headquarters Amid Virus (1)

July 10, 2020, 3:46 AMUpdated: July 10, 2020, 5:33 PM

The EPA has paused its plans toward reopening its Washington, D.C., headquarters, according to an internal email sent Thursday afternoon.

The email, obtained by Bloomberg Law, comes as a win for the guild representing many Environmental Protection Agency employees, which has resisted the agency’s efforts to bring them back to the office.

During a review of 14-day trend data for the national capital region, EPA experts “determined that the gating criteria to enter Phase 2 were not met,” wrote Donna Vizian, the EPA’s principal deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Mission Support, referring to President Donald Trump’s ...