Environment & Energy Report

EPA Offices Differ on Return to Work Policies, Watchdog Says

Nov. 30, 2020, 6:56 PM

The EPA’s plans to reopen its offices during the coronavirus pandemic have been a mixed bag across its the agency’s offices, its internal watchdog said on Monday.

In a study of 13 agency locations, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General found that the implementation of health and safety measures differed “substantially” on face coverings, social distancing, ventilation systems, cleaning and disinfecting, interaction with visitors, and public transportation.

The findings appear to lend credence to workers’ complaints that the reopening process has been marked by inconsistencies nationwide.

For example, 11 of the reopening plans OIG evaluated require face coverings...

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