As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses may be struggling to meet environmental compliance requirements because of limited staffing, changes in production, and government-imposed operating restrictions. Businesses must remain mindful of their environmental compliance obligations regardless of whether the requirement arises from a permit condition, general regulatory requirements, or an agreed order.
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Stites & Harbison has assembled a Coronavirus Response Team which consists of a cross-disciplinary task force of attorneys and critical staff members to ensure our firm remains “On the Job” for you.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) announced on March 26, 2020 that it is temporarily suspending its enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA’s temporary enforcement discretion policy applies to civil violations during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Late in the evening on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the United States Senate unanimously passed H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act”. The CARES Act is expected to be approved by a vote in the House and be signed by President Trump on Friday, March 27, 2020.