On Air with IER: Episode 58

This week: Both the U.S. EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management have adopted "enforcement discretion" policies that will allow some forms of environmental regulation noncompliance during the COVID-19 crisis, and a new study has found that people living in communities with more air pollution have a higher COVID-19 death rate than people living in less polluted communities.
April 13, 2020


Welcome to Episode 58 of the IER Podcast hosted by Enrique Saenz.


EPA, IDEM Relaxing Enforcement During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Enrique Saenz

Federal and state environmental agencies said they are adopting temporary “enforcement discretion” policies that allow regulated businesses to violate some environmental regulations during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Read the full story.



A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

  1. Climate change found to affect migration of American robins
    Link for the first story.

  2. EPA Region 5 donates PPE to help the fight against COVID-19
    Link for the second story.


Study Finds Higher COVID-19 Death Rate in Communities with Higher Air Pollution

A new Harvard University study found that COVID-19 death rates were higher in communities with more air pollution .

Read the study here.