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In this episode, which we recorded on May 7, Joe Goffman speaks with Cynthia Giles, former Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, about EPA’s rollback of environmental enforcement in a COVID-19 enforcement discretion policy issued at the end of March 2020.
This issue is still playing out: three lawsuits are pending about the March enforcement policy, and EPA has given some additional guidance on the subject. On June 29, 2020, EPA announced that it plans to end the COVID-19 enforcement discretion policy on August 31, 2020.
For more on Cynthia’s work see her series on Next Generation Compliance here and our podcast with her on EPA’s enforcement of the oil and gas industry here.