While COVID-19 spreads across the United States, EPA Chief Wheeler and President Trump push a radical pro-polluter agenda.
U.S. confirms first case of COVID-19.
World Health Organization declares Global Health Emergency.
Washington state reports the first COVID-19 related death in U.S.
President Trump declares a national emergency.
U.S. Covid-19 deaths reach 100.
Wheeler publishes the Censored Science Supplemental Proposal, expanding his dangerous effort to restrict the agency’s use of science when setting public health protections. This would allow EPA to cast aside many widely accepted studies that demonstrate the harm of toxic chemicals and pollution as well as vital coronavirus research.
U.S. leads the world in number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Days after the American Petroleum Institute asked Wheeler to relax requirements, EPA claims “enforcement discretion” to allow polluters to violate certain environmental and health protections during the pandemic.
U.S. becomes the first country to exceed 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Wheeler finalizes Clean Cars Rollback, subjecting Americans to an estimated 18,500 more premature deaths; 250,000 athma attacks; 350,000 respiratory ailments by 2050; and 1.5 billion tons of climate pollution and $244 billion more in fuel costs by 2040.
Harvard releases new research showing the possible link between air pollution and higher death rates from COVID-19.
U.S. COVID-19 deaths reach 20,000, the highest of any country in the world.
Wheeler proposes not to strengthen standards for particulate matter, which is responsible for an estimated 85,000 deaths in the U.S. every year.
Wheeler announces final action undermining the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards — safeguards implemented and in effect today that prevent up to 11,000 premature deaths and 130,000 asthma attacks among children each year.
U.S. COVID-19 deaths have risen to 60,407, with over 1,000,000 documented cases in the country.
President Trump formalizes Wheeler’s “enforcement discretion” policy with an executive order instructing government agencies to rescind, modify, waive, or provide exemptions from regulations that may “inhibit economic recovery.”
The United States surpasses 100,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
EPA asks for expedited review of its proposal to eliminate regulation of methane pollution from oil and gas operations.
President Trump signs an executive order allowing agencies to waive application of environmental laws — including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act — to expedite federal approvals of infrastructure such as pipelines and highways.
Wheeler proposes to retain the current standards for ground level ozone, or smog, ignoring the evidence that the standards are too weak to adequately protect people from asthma attacks and other health harms.
The United States surpasses 4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.
EPA finalizes its rule to eliminate regulation of methane pollution from oil and gas operations. This major rollback will allow the oil and gas industry to release millions of tons of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and other harmful pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — making the climate crisis worse and threatening the health of families living near oil and gas operations.
The death toll from COVID-19 in the U.S. surpasses 200,000.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. surpass 7 million.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. surpass 8 million.
U.S. deaths from COVID-19 reach 250,000.
EPA finalizes national standards for deadly particulate matter, or soot, that ignore science and are too weak to protect public health. The standards were fast-tracked through the public comment process as the global pandemic worsened, and do not take into account new evidence linking exposure to particulate matter with COVID illness and death.
EPA finalizes new, manipulative cost-benefit analysis procedures that falsely inflate the costs of complying with pollution standards while underestimating the health benefits of pollution protections.