Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have provided informal direction on how regulated facilities should proceed in dealing with the agency during the COVID-19 pandemic. In summary:
This summary should not be considered official EPA guidance. This is a fluid situation, and it is anticipated that the EPA will issue a more formal policy statement in the days ahead. Key states have also issued formal guidance on deadlines and submittals to applicable regulatory agencies:
Other states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and North Carolina, have not provided formal guidance on environmental submittals to-date.
We recommend that facilities attempt to meet deadlines and submit all information electronically if possible. We also recommend that each facility document its attempts to comply with deadlines and permitting requirements, especially where COVID-19 makes compliance difficult or impossible. All facilities must keep in mind that emergency disclosure requirements are still in effect.
This news alert is a service to the clients of Phelps. This is a rapidly changing situation. We will keep you informed on other COVID-19 related developments as they occur.
Inquiries concerning topics addressed in this Environmental news alert may be directed to any member of the Phelps Environmental practice group.