Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Air quality agencies are adjusting their day-to-day operations as many non-essential government staff transition to working from home. Industry personnel should be aware of changes to agency operations within their local jurisdiction and should regularly check the agency webpage for the most recent updates. The following regarding environmental permitting and compliance at your facility should be considered:
- Will the agency still be accepting hard-copy permit applications?
- Will permit issuance timelines be affected?
- Will the agency allow for leniency in compliance-related requirements during this time?
- What is the agency's current status regarding having their staff work from home versus in the office?
As of March 21, 2020, Trinity has obtained the following updates from Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); we encourage all affected facilities to frequently check the respective agencies websites for updates:
- Regarding hard-copy permit applications, there is no change from the normal procedure of how the permit applications are submitted.
- At this time, DEQ does not anticipate permit issuance timelines to be impacted significantly.
- There is not any additional leniency proposed for compliance-related requirements.
- For compliance and testing, if any certifications are unable to be renewed, facilities should continue to conduct monitoring even with expired certifications/calibrations, document that certification/calibration was expired during the monitoring, and then get certified/calibrated at the next possible date.
- DEQ is open for business but regional offices are operating by appointment only. Some of the staff is telecommuting, and available by phone or email.
If you need assistance, please contact the Trinity Idaho office by emailing David Strohm.