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Following Governor Walz’s declaration of a state of peacetime emergency in Minnesota, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has released guidance for regulated entities who may have felt the impacts of the order.
Reduced workforce volume has made it difficult to maintain normal operations for some facilities. These facilities are still obligated to ensure compliance with environmental laws, regulation, and permit requirements.
However, if there is an instance in which a regulated entity will experience an unavoidable noncompliance situation due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the MPCA has released new guidance.
Effected entities should follow the procedure below to request consideration for a form of regulatory relief from the MPCA. Where possible, the MPCA may allow reporting deadline extensions, operator certification extensions, among other reliefs.
Regulated entities who have been effected should send an email to MPCA.COVID19REGFLEX@state.mn.us with specific information related to their request for regulatory relief.
The following information should be included in the email, at a minimum:
The MPCA will work with each entity to come to an appropriate solution for each individual situation.