US EPA: Covid-19 enforcement policy ‘not a licence to pollute’

The US EPA has pushed back on criticism that its decision to ease enforcement against “routine” actions disrupted during the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic is an invitation to violate environmental obligations.

Facilities in the US are expected to comply with their regulatory obligations where reasonably practicable, and return to compliance as soon as possible once the outbreak is over, the agency said on 30 March. The temporary enforcement discretion policy allows the agency to prioritise its resources, an agency spokesperson said. “We are especially concerned about pesticide products entering the United States, or produced, manufactured, distributed in the United States, that claim to address Covid-19 impacts”. Read more

Comments are closed.