How The EPA Is Handling Gov't Shutdown

Law360, New York (October 7, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT) -- The federal government shutdown has dramatically altered the activities of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With over 90 percent of the agency’s employees on furlough, nonessential activities have essentially ceased.

According to the agency’s contingency plan, the retained staff is focusing on agency operations that are either funded by sources not subject to the lapse in appropriations or necessary to protect human life or property.[1] While every office of the EPA has greatly reduced its staff, some offices have retained more employees in an effort to...
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