COVID-19: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement Discretion Policy [May 19, 2020] [open pdf - 614KB]
From the Document: "On March 26, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a temporary policy, 'COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] Implications for EPA's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program,' on how EPA will exercise its enforcement discretion if a facility owner or operator cannot comply with certain requirements of federal environmental laws because of impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary policy for COVID-19 is tailored to circumstances of the pandemic that may affect staffing, physical access for monitoring and sampling, laboratory analysis, and other resources needed to fulfill routine compliance obligations. The policy is retroactive to March 13, 2020, and indicates that EPA will issue a public notice at least seven days prior to termination. EPA has also issued other related COVID-19 policies or guidance that cover pesticide imports, field work at cleanup sites under Superfund and other federal programs, a nationwide fuel waiver for summer gasoline, and emergency generator operations in Puerto Rico."
CRS Insight, IN11396
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/