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EPA's pandemic civil enforcement policy

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May 16, 2020

by William C. Schillaci, EHS Daily Advisor

The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has issued a “temporary” policy outlining the Agency’s approach to civil enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generally, says the EPA, it will exercise its “enforcement discretion” during the pandemic “if regulated entities take the steps applicable to their situations.” Enforcement discretion is an intentionally vague term that could mean anything from taking no enforcement action at all to taking no enforcement action provided certain conditions are met to fully enforcing an alleged violation if, for example, the Agency does not agree with a regulated entity’s contention that the alleged violation resulted from conditions brought on by the pandemic.

The EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has issued a “temporary” policy outlining the Agency’s approach to civil enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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