Report: Environmental Agencies Have Ended COVID-19 Enforcement Discretion Policies

Earlier this year, the U.S. EPA and other environmental regulators developed temporary enforcement discretion policies to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on their own employees, as well as on the employees of regulated companies and their contractors. States, including Ohio, also adopted their own enforcement discretion policies.

This week, OMA Connections Partner Benesch published a new bulletin stating that both U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA have terminated these enforcement discretion policies. According to Benesch, Ohio business “would be wise to assume that environmental regulators will now be deeply skeptical of claims that any ongoing difficulties.” 9/10/2020