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Former IoES Director Mary Nichols in the Los Angeles Times: How the coronavirus is hampering enforcement of California’s air pollution rules

The coronavirus is having another unintended effect on California’s environment, hindering the enforcement of clean-air rules that could help protect people’s lungs during the pandemic. “All of our enforcement people are now working on analyzing data that we already have … and they can do that work from their desks,” Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols said. “They are finding and initiating enforcement activities, but they are not out in the field driving around.”