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As a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses face mounting disruptions. Among the most significant is the need for many to temporarily shut down, and then restart their business operations when conditions allow. As companies confront these difficulties, they face the added challenge of continuing to satisfy applicable federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Businesses face unprecedented obstacles in maintaining routine environmental compliance measures in the midst of this crisis, including:

  • A lack of staff to collect samples for required testing.
  • The inability to obtain physical signatures for documents such as air permits and compliance reports.
  • Difficulties constructing, repairing, upgrading, and maintaining emissions controls and other monitoring systems due to disruptions within the supply chain or the work force.

What remedies and protections are available?

Crowell & Moring’s Environment and Natural Resources Group provides solutions spanning the range of litigation, regulatory, and policy matters. Our international team of more than 25 counselors, litigators, and trial lawyers is actively monitoring and analyzing the developments and impacts of the coronavirus on our clients and their businesses. Specifically, we are advising clients on how to handle their interactions with federal and/or state regulators to effectively address any issues of COVID-19 related noncompliance. We will continue to update this resource page with regulatory guidance from the EPA and other regulatory bodies, client alerts, webinars, and other resource materials. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our contacts with questions or concerns pertaining to the impact of COVID-19 on your business.

Current Energy and Environmental COVID-19 Representative Matters Include:

  • Advising producers and sellers of antimicrobial pesticide products about how to expedite EPA approval of new coronavirus efficacy claims under the Agency’s policy for emerging viral pathogens.
  • Drafting two pieces of legislation on behalf of an energy trade association regarding COVID-19 and force majeure as those issues apply to compliance with federal environmental statutes.
  • Routine counseling and compliance.
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