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Court Tosses Environmental Protest of EPA Covid-Era Policy (1)

July 8, 2020, 4:21 PMUpdated: July 8, 2020, 8:13 PM

The EPA can take its time responding to environmentalists’ request for increased transparency about the agency’s approach to enforcement during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to give the agency a deadline to address a petition the Natural Resources Defense Council and other groups filed in April for an emergency rule requiring public notice of any reduced monitoring or reporting of pollution.

Chief Judge Colleen McMahon concluded the EPA hadn’t unreasonably delayed its response to their petition. But she noted that a separate lawsuit taking aim ...