Regulatory flexibility

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we will continue to respond to spills, provide technical assistance, ensure permit coverage for regulated activities, and enforce the laws that protect the environment throughout the current crisis. However, we recognize the public health crisis and economic disruptions related to the COVID-19 outbreak may temporarily affect some of the regulated entities’ ability to comply with all state requirements. All applicable state requirements remain in effect, but Ecology will exercise reasonable discretion within our authority when deciding whether to pursue potential violations that may be linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage regulated entities to document the types of disruptions that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused for operations, and contact us with specific information related to the circumstance, including staffing and service shortages, disposal schedules, etc.