An official website of the United States government.

This is not the current EPA website. To navigate to the current EPA website, please go to This website is historical material reflecting the EPA website as it existed on January 19, 2021. This website is no longer updated and links to external websites and some internal pages may not work. More information »

Will there be flexibility with regard to public notice requirements for permits, etc.? (Par ex. Public meetings prohibited; libraries closed)

Consistent with the Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak and state and local stay-at-home directives, EPA is supportive of holding public hearings and meetings virtually in order to continue to provide meaningful public participation and engagement during the current circumstances. Where applicable, states will need to review state law requirements to ensure they do not impact the feasibility of holding a virtual public hearing or meeting. Read the memo issued by Matthew Z. Leopold, EPA General Counsel, which provides additional information about Agency best practices and resources.

For specific instances, states should contact the appropriate regional official, as individual programs or actions may have their own requirements or processes.  Authorized states or tribes may take a different approach under their own authorities. View EPA's COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Resources.

Return to Frequent Questions from State, Local and Tribal Leaders about Coronavirus (COVID-19).