Letter to NC DEQ & DOJ Re: EPA Enforcement Policies During COVID-19

March 30, 2020

NRDC, along with partner organizations, sent a letter to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), urging DEQ to issue a North Carolina-specific policy that recognizes the state’s existing enforcement flexibility and avoids the federal agency’s invitation for noncompliance. Such a statement would give confidence to communities burdened by air and water pollution in addition to COVID-19. It would also provide clarity to regulated entities in North Carolina who might otherwise be misled by EPA’s announcement.