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Enforcement Statement Regarding “Wet” Signature Requirements During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency with Appendix

EPA is aware that social distancing practices, including working from home, may hinder the ability of some regulated entities to provide a “wet” signature as required by an enforceable requirement.  EPA issued a statement addressing the limited situation where a “wet” signature cannot be provided due to COVID-19 social distancing efforts, and the signature requirement is enforceable by EPA. This statement is in effect through December 31, 2020. 

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