The national response to the coronavirus crisis may face several impediments but federal and state environmental laws should not be among them. Most of these laws have emergency exemptions that allow the usual (and sometimes lengthy) procedures to be bypassed, and some substantive requirements to be waived, in instances of true urgency. However, there is concern that some agencies and corporations will use this as an excuse to bypass environmental laws that aren’t actually getting in the way of responses to the crisis.
Michael B. Gerrard,
Emergency Exemptions From Environmental Laws,
Law in the Time of COVID-19, Katharina Pistor, Ed., Columbia Law School, 2020
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