EPA outlines expectations for environmental compliance during pandemic
By Matthew Cohn
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a memorandum on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental compliance and enforcement. The full memo can be read here.
In general, regulated entities are expected to continue to use best efforts to meet their environmental compliance obligations. If compliance cannot be achieved, regulated entities should act as responsibly as possible under the circumstances, document the way in which the COVID-19 pandemic was the cause of any non-compliance at a facility, and return the facility to compliance as soon as possible.
During the duration of the pandemic, the EPA will use its enforcement discretion and apply its resources in a way that targets the most imminent threats to public health and the environment.
Our Environmental Practice Group is continuing to monitor these developments and is available to answer your questions related to matters affected by COVID-19.