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EPA Issues Temporary Policy in Response to COVID-19

On March 26, 2020, Susan Parker Bodine, U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, issued the following COVID-19 Implications for EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program. This temporary policy is effective retroactively beginning March 13, 2020. 

Review of its terms and conditions for qualification for abeyance of civil enforcement is advised as operations are managed. This policy acknowledges states have independent authorities relative to enforcement. 

Click here to view the EPA memo on the temporary enforcement policies. 

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Kathy G. Beckett, Attorney, Environmental, Steptoe-Johnson Law Firm

Twenty-five years experience practicing environmental, regulatory and natural resources law have enabled Kathy Beckett to develop a national reputation for her ability to influence environmental policies on behalf of her clients.  She has been instrumental in the development of national and state regulatory programs and the drafting of environmental legislation. Ms. Beckett is active in many industry trade groups and serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and is a past chair of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee.   She has also...