July 27 - July 31, 2020

Nine states recently issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement discretion policy. In regard to relaxing company compliance and monitoring requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, do you think the EPA’s policy should be fought or approved?

Answers Votes
Fought. 53%
Approved. 37%
Other (please explain in the comments section). 11%

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Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; COVID-19; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America

Comment from Robert Dahlstrom, (7/27/2020, 3:06 PM)

This could be a great opportunity for risk based inspection and monitoring. Having the discussion to relax compliance and monitoring should be turned into the opportunity to re-examine the monitoring schedules and where it makes sense change them to ensure they minimize risk while also reducing the costs. This could be done by potentially decreasing monitoring frequency when appropriate such as when something is new and operating correctly where there is little probability of it failing or being out of compliance. Conversely, if something is old and operating at the margins where there is a larger probability of it being out of compliance it might need additional inspection and monitoring.

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