CLOSE A third coronavirus stimulus package was announced by the Senate, reaching $2 trillion and including direct payments to individuals and hospitals. USA TODAYWASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is temporarily suspending key permitting, enforcement and oversight duties due to the coronavirus crisis, sidelining the nation’s top air, water and soil regulator from some of its key tasks.The agency said the hiatus announced under the new “Enforcement Discretion Policy” would mainly affect the agency’s work “with routine monitoring and reporting obligations” disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and not areas that could pose immediate threats to human health such as the safety of public water systems.“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a news release.Nearly 1,500 people have died in the U.S. after contracting COVID-19 and almost 100,000 more have been infected as of Friday afternoon. An emphasis on “social distancing” to slow the spread of the disease has prompted government agencies and private industries, including laboratories that test toxics, to keep non-essential workers at home.But environmental


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