EPA issues contingency plan for agency shutdown
Posted January 21, 2019
EPA has issued a contingency plan providing general guidance for the Agency and its staff during the shutdown. Examples of activities related to EPA that the agency may continue to perform include:
- Providing for homeland and national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to national security; or
- Personal services necessary to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, where the threat to human life or property is imminent, including:
- Activities essential to ensure continued public health and safety, including safe use of food and drugs and safe use of hazardous materials;
- Protection of federal lands, buildings, equipment, research property, and other property owned by the United States;
- Law enforcement and criminal investigations; and
- Emergency and disaster assistance.
Only the minimum staff and support services necessary to continue the above-listed functions will be maintained. The Agency says it will not incur any new obligations during the shutdown.
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