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Federal and State environmental agencies are modifying their usual compliance procedures, including deadlines, to accommodate the various challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. While a number of States initially indicated that they would exercise enforcement discretion, as a result of the pandemic, on March 26, 2020, the United States EPA (“EPA”) announced a ground breaking temporary enforcement policy to address the pandemic’s effects. EPA’s policy and actions by certain States are discussed below. The discussion of State actions is not intended to be exclusive as such policies are being implemented on an ongoing basis.
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