EPA Letters on COVID-19 Safety Precautions for Inspection Commitments
Compliance assurance activities, including both onsite inspections and off-site compliance monitoring activities are critical to EPA’s shared mission with partner agencies to protect the health of communities and the environment. During the COVID-19 public health emergency, EPA, as well as states, tribes, and local agencies have recognized the need to ensure the safety and health of our inspectors, as well as the regulated community, by adjusting compliance assurance activities to use more off-site compliance monitoring tools and to have fewer staff going into the field to perform onsite field inspections. Accordingly, EPA issued a letter on July 22, 2020, communicating our expectations for continued compliance monitoring, including conducting onsite inspections when it is safe to do so, and giving partner agencies the flexibility to count both off-site and onsite compliance assurance activities in meeting their compliance monitoring commitments. The flexibilities of the July letter ended on March 31, 2020; however, given the ongoing pandemic, EPA is issuing a new letter to extend the flexibilities through the end of this fiscal year (September 30, 2021). EPA will evaluate the need to extend this date further at that time, if appropriate.
Inspection Expectations for EPA Partner Agencies During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Letter (pdf)
(Note: the April 7, 2021 letter below provides updated information to partner agencies on inspection commitments during the COVID-19 public health emergency)
- Revised Inspection Expectations for EPA Partner Agencies During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Letter (pdf)