Regulatory Flexibility Request/Question

With the onset of the coronavirus (COVID 19) and the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency in Ohio, Ohio EPA is aware that regulated entities may be impacted from a reduced workforce necessary to maintain normal operations at some facilities. All regulated entities remain obligated to take all available actions necessary to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and permit requirements to protect the health and safety of Ohioans and the environment. However, in the instance where regulated entities will have an unavoidable noncompliance situation, directly due to impact from the coronavirus, this survey has been created by Ohio EPA to accept requests for the Director of Ohio EPA to consider providing regulatory flexibility, where possible, to assist entities in alternative approaches to maintaining compliance, such as extending reporting deadlines, consideration of waiving late fees and exercising enforcement discretion.

Regulated entities with questions, or seeking flexibility, should complete and submit this survey, which will be monitored daily. Ohio EPA will work diligently to expeditiously review and respond to incoming requests from regulated entities.

Where alternative compliance options are authorized by Ohio EPA, regulated entities must maintain records adequate to document activities related to the noncompliance and details of the regulated entity’s best efforts to comply.

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* 1. Central Point of Contact Information

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* 2. Specific regulatory or permit requirement which cannot be complied with due to COVID-19 state of emergency

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* 3. Concise statement describing the circumstances preventing compliance due to COVID-19 state of emergency

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* 4. Anticipated duration of time that the noncompliance will persist

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* 5. Mitigative measures that will be taken to protect public health and the environment during the need for enforcement discretion

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* 6. Upload information in support of your request

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