Park experts are now warning that the damage may take years to undo.
Combined with regulatory rollbacks and structural weakening of the EPA, the steep declines in enforcement nearly across the board show that Trump’s EPA is on what we consider a dangerous path.
"Europe now has a legislative model to defend and promote at international level, given the global nature of the issue of marine pollution involving plastics."
In other words, if someone could collect and recycle all the unrecycled plastic on earth, this person would be richer than any individual on the planet.
The Trump administration has been attacking the Clean Water Act and the Obama-era Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule since coming into power.
The long-term effects of breathing this cocktail are unknown.
"We're seeing EPA trying to cut science out of the process."
In the U.S. specifically, a total of 70 cleanups determined that Nestlé, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola were the worst corporate plastic polluters, in that order.
Ten out of the world's 19 killer whale populations were rapidly dwindling, the study found.