Recent moves to intervene in air pollution fights show the Biden administration is willing to take bold steps to crack down on polluters on the edge of marginalized communities.

The EPA recently shut down operations at the Limetree Bay refinery in St. Croix using an emergency order under the Clean Air Act that’s only been invoked a handful of times.

“There’s going to be a return to a top-down approach from EPA when it comes to enforcement and granting permits,” said Anne Idsal Austin, Pillsbury Environmental & Natural Resources partner and former head of the EPA’s air office under Trump. “That’s going to cause a tremendous amount of consternation.”

Austin noted that some states like Texas and Louisiana that had more flexibility in the past to bring their own enforcement actions will likely be overruled on certain pollution enforcement issues under the current administration.

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