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Government Shutdown Halts EPA Air and Water Monitoring

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EPA's inspections of water-treatment plants have stopped.(SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

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."

 
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