Government Shutdown Halts EPA Air and Water Monitoring

Clare Foran
October 2, 2013

With the federal government shutdown in its second day, the Environmental Protection Agency is operating without 94 percent of its staff. As a result, according to the Guardian, air- and water-quality inspections have ground to a halt—raising potential public-health concerns.

"No one is going to be out inspecting water discharges or wetlands," said John O'Grady, a union representative at EPA's regional office in Chicago. "Nobody is going to be out inspecting wastewater-treatment plants, drinking-water treatment plants, or landfills—nothing. None of that is going to be done. The employees are absolutely devastated."