ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS OVER?
Posted by [email protected] on Jun. 15, 2020
By Matthew Cohn, Greensfelder Attorneys at Law
In a policy that has been praised by some, criticized by others, misunderstood by many, and politicized by many more still, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency articulated its expectations for environmental compliance during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if the EPA is less aggressive in carrying out enforcement during this period, certainly others including the states, citizen enforcers and even the criminal prosecutors at the Department of Justice could see things differently and assume the lead in enforcing the law later. This article provides an overview of EPA’s COVID-19 policy, and discusses enforcement by the states, enforcement by citizens, criminal exposure, and public expectations of corporate responsibility.