Environmental groups sued the EPA over the move, which they condemned as a "free pass for polluters."
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"Research like this helps us understand what sea turtles are eating, and whether certain kinds of plastic are being ingested more than others."
"This decision is the result of constant pressure from coastal communities, environmental groups, and elected officials who made it abundantly clear that offshore oil and gas drilling is dangerous, unwanted, and a threat to our economy and way of life."
"Hundreds of thousands of whales, dolphins, seals and turtles are killed by ocean plastic pollution every year, including single-use plastics and abandoned plastic gear from the fishing industry."
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“Understanding whether plastic particles are absorbed across biological membranes and accumulate within internal organs is critical for assessing the risk these particles pose to both organism and human health."
It means that policy makers now have even less leeway when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions if they want to keep warming to 1.5 or even 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Ten out of the world's 19 killer whale populations were rapidly dwindling, the study found.