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Environmental Guidance and Recommendations for COVID-19

Oct. 13, 2020
A bill to require facemasks in Federal facilities to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. (Congressional Record: 17 September 2020 [Senate] Pages S5705-S5706)
Jul. 21, 2020
Water Utility COVID-19 Financial Impact Tool can help drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater ("water") utilities assess the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the utility's cashflow. This tool leads water utilities through questions that can determine how their revenues, expenses, and cashflow have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The spreadsheet automatically calculates the changes for a utility's revenues and expenses by looking at current 2020 monthly financials versus the average monthly financials of the utility's 2019 audited financial statement. Water utilities can use the tool each month to keep a running total of their cashflow.
Jul. 6, 2020
On 29 June 2020, the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) issued an Addendum to the Temporary Enforcement Discretion Policy. The Temporary Enforcement Discretion Policy was issued 26 March 2020, via the Memorandum titled: COVID-19 Implications for EPA's Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program. OECA is planning to terminate the COVID-19 Memorandum at midnight on 31 August 2020.
Jun. 19, 2020
GSA website dedicated to providing guidance for returning to GSA facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance topics include entry and screen services, signage, HVAC, face coverings, and cleaning and disinfection. Additional tools and resources are provided for the workforce that include federal employee support guidance and telework basics, and the workspace that include reopening decision tree and strategies for returning to the facilities.
Jun. 15, 2020
This E.O. instructs agencies to take all appropriate steps to use their lawful emergency authorities to respond to the COVID-19 national emergency and to facilitate the Nation's economic recovery. As set forth in the E.O., agencies should take all reasonable measures to speed infrastructure investments and to speed other actions in addition to such investments that will strengthen the economy and return Americans to work, while providing appropriate protection for public health and safety, natural resources, and the environment, as required by law. Certain reporting requirements are due within 30 days of the date of this order (June 4, 2020).
Jun. 11, 2020
Recorded Webinar by EPA's Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water and Empire State Realty Trust discussing water quality risks in buildings with low or no use due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as guidance for re-populating buildings. (May take time to load)
Jun. 10, 2020
EPA has developed guidance on maintaining water quality while closed and steps for reopening.
May. 28, 2020
This recorded webinar discusses operating commercial office buildings during the coronavirus pandemic, including how to best operate the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
May. 28, 2020
Building and business closures for weeks or months reduce water usage, potentially leading to stagnant water inside building plumbing. This water can become unsafe to drink or otherwise use for personal or commercial purposes. EPA recommends that building owners, building managers, and businesses take steps to flush the building's plumbing before reopening
May. 14, 2020
EPA released its List N Tool, a new web-based application that allows smart phone users and others to quickly identify disinfectant products that meet EPA's criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These products are for use on surfaces, NOT humans.
May. 12, 2020
Interim guidance for conducting Superfund community involvement work at sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May. 7, 2020
EPA is announcing the following interim guidance regarding public meetings and hearings in the RCRA process during the COVID-19 public health emergency. This interim guidance provides alternative approaches, recommendations and resources to help ensure public participation when in-person interactions are not possible. EPA regards public meetings as an important opportunity for communities and other stakeholders to ask questions, discuss issues, and become involved in local RCRA-related activities.
May. 4, 2020
A bill to require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to promulgate an emergency temporary standard to protect employees from occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2. (Congressional Record: 21 April 2020 [House] Pages H1898-H1900)
Apr. 30, 2020
GSA is taking several measures to enhance safety and health in federally occupied spaces in response to COVID-19. GSA has posted a FAQ page on the federal response to COVID-19, addressing questions about real estate, procurement, and other topics
Apr. 29, 2020
EPA continues efforts to provide critical information on surface disinfectant products that can be used to protect the health of all Americans throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. EPA now has nearly 400 products that have qualified to be effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
Apr. 29, 2020
Ensure the safety of your building water system and devices after a prolonged shutdown.
Apr. 29, 2020
Guidance document to help protect the health of workers performing work on plumbing and HVAC systems.
Apr. 24, 2020
This memorandum, dated April 2020, supplements policy and guidance in reference to Army Regulation 200-1 "Environmental Protection and Enhancement" (Dec 2007), to set compliance program performance expectations and provide temporary guidance for program management during the COVID-19 crisis response.
Apr. 22, 2020
EPA is amending the emissions reporting regulations applicable to sources that monitor and report emissions under the Acid Rain Program, the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), and/or the NOX SIP Call. The amendments provide that if an affected unit fails to complete a required quality-assurance, certification or recertification, fuel analysis, or emission rate test by the applicable deadline under the regulations because of travel, plant access, or other safety restrictions implemented to address the current COVID-19 national emergency and if the unit's actual monitored data would be considered valid if not for the delayed test, the unit may temporarily continue to report actual monitored data instead of substitute data. The amendments promulgated in this rule will expire in 180 days. EPA is also requesting comment on this rule. This rule is effective 22 April 2020. EPA will consider comments on this rule received on or before 22 May 2020. POC is David Lifland, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Markets Division, Mail Code 6204M, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460; tel: 202-343-9151; email: lifland.david@epa.gov. (Federal Register: 22 April 2020 [Rule] pages 22362-22374.)
Apr. 21, 2020
General guidance to advise building HVAC operators to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.
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