Polluters Can Ask for Waivers of Environmental Regulations

by | Jan 14, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has instituted a “flexibility” policy on enforcement of environmental regulations. Companies can request compliance waivers and delays, which the regulator says will be approved or rejected on a case-by-case basis. But of 227 requests made so far, only three have been rejected. The agency has also paused rule-making on its CleanCars initiative to regulate vehicle emissions, until after shelter-in-place orders are lifted. Status: Effective March 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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Emily J. Gertz is senior editor of Drilled News. A longtime environmental reporter and editor, her work has appeared in HuffPost, Reveal, Arctic Today, The Guardian, Popular Science, Scientific American, Sierra, and more.