MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020
1. NWRA’s Healthcare Waste Institute (HWI) published a COVID-2019 FAQs document to address safe handling of waste during the outbreak.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020
2. NWRA urged Congress to increase funding
for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) lending program to $50 billion in order to fully fund President Donald Trump’s plan to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. WIN: In North Dakota weight restrictions were lifted for truckers.
4. WIN: Virginia received a temporary waiver for overweight trucks, and hours of service extension on March 13th from the VA DOT.
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2020
5. NWRA urged Congress and the Trump Administration,
in multiple letters and phone calls, to include the waste collection industry in the national emergency declaration, exempting waste haulers from Hours of Service (HOS) regulations.
6. NWRA sent a letter to Jim Mullen, Acting Administrator
of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) petitioning the agency to exempt the regulated medical waste sector from Parts 390-399 of FMCSA Regulations.
7. NWRA penned and sent to Congress draft legislative language that
would amend federal law to include waste collection haulers in the FMCSA HOS exemption when the president declares a national emergency.
8. WIN: In California, a 60-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
9. WIN: In Montana, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was said to be expected.
10. WIN: In Oklahoma, a 30-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
11. NWRA communicated
with the Secretary of Homeland Security asking that the waste industry be listed as critical infrastructure.
12. NWRA sent a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requesting the agency provide guidance to the states to issue
special weight permits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
13. NWRA sent many letters to state agencies seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements for managing waste and recycling during the state of emergency. Chapters are
active in echoing these requests.
14. WIN: The Colorado chapter was asked by the Governor’s office to respond with specific statute(s) in regard to the COVID-19 Letter. The chapter has isolated it to 30-20-100.5 CRS. The Governor’s
cabinet is meeting, and this letter is said to be a topic of discussion.
15. WIN: In an executive order issued by the Governor of Kentucky, trash collection businesses were listed among the enterprises allowed to stay opened.
16. WIN: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment submitted a letter indicating regulatory flexibility.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020
NWRA sent a letter to Vice President Pence and the COVID-19 Task Force seeking temporary exemptions to certain handling requirements.
18. NWRA sent FMCSA a letter requesting relief on expiring commercial driver licenses, guidance on drug
testing, and extensions for expiring physicals.
19. NWRA joined other trade groups in signing a letter to the Administration and Congress asking for monetary support and tax relief, especially for small businesses.
20. WIN: In Florida, Limitation of hours - DEP indicated that they can extend hours upon request for those permitted facilities; Tonnage limits – DEP can grant a waiver if requested for tonnage limits at transfer stations and MRFs, as well as tipping areas
and floors. Storage - DEP can grant waiver if requested in regard to storage, recyclable materials may be stored up to one year and yard trash for 18 months.
21. WIN: In Kentucky, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was
22. WIN: The Alabama Department of Emergency Management responded to the chapter and discussed that they had chosen to mirror the FMCSA declaration in regard to Hours-of-Service. They further responded that AL driver licenses
and non-driver IDs have a 60-day grace period following expiration date.
23. WIN: In Iowa, if you have a driver’s license that has an expiration date of Jan. 16, 2020, or later you do not have to renew your license at this
time. It will remain valid for driving purposes until the declared disaster has ended. If your vehicle registration expired Jan. 16, 2020, or later will be considered valid until the declared disaster has ended.
WIN: Favorable media coverage: "NWRA Pushes for Regulatory Relief During COVID-19 Pandemic," Waste360
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020
25. In additional letters and calls to the Vice President and Secretary
of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services, NWRA continued making requests that the departments designate the waste and recycling industry as critical infrastructure.
26. WIN: DHS designates waste collection “Essential
Critical Infrastructure” at the request of NWRA.
27. WIN: FMCSA exempts waste haulers from HOS Regulations in Expanded Emergency Declaration at the request of NWRA.
28. NWRA conducted a webinar on COVID-19 for the industry.
NWRA thanks the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for providing guidance on managing waste and recycling during the COVID-19 crisis.
30. NWRA issued a guidance document for waste and recycling workers to ensure the safe collection
and processing of waste and recycling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
31. NWRA sent a notice to members that detailed the process for applying for disaster loans though the SBA.
32. NWRA wrote to Congress urging them to include financial
assistance assurance from FEMA in COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation for the waste and recycling industry related to customer bad debt and other non-compensated costs.
33. NWRA reached out to The Teamsters and the AFL-CIO to offer to work
34. WIN: In Texas, TCEQ Executive Directory Toby Baker’s responded with a letter on March 19th to Darrell Smith. The Chapter is expecting something from TCEQ and/or the Governor this week. There was a lifting of trucking restrictions
by the Governor this week. Additionally, on the 19th Governor Abbott waived the expiration of driver licenses (including CDLs) for 60 days.
35. WIN: In Maryland, weight limit restrictions were lifted per the Governor's Execitive
36. WIN: In Tennessee, a 90-day extension on CDL licenses was implemented on March 19th. Increased size, weight limitations were implemented on March 12th.
37. WIN: In Connecticut, vehicle, vessel,
temporary registrations expiring between March 10, 2020 and June 8, 2020 extended 90-days. CDL Expiration date was extended by 90 days
38. WIN: In Nebraska, weight limit restrictions were lifted per the Governor's Executive Order.
39. WIN: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality submitted a letter to the Texas Chapter of NWRA on March 19, 2020 explaining regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
NWRA reached out to multiple trade associations seeking assistance with the supply of gloves, masks, sanitizer and soap.
41. WIN: The Arizona Governor issued on Executive Order to delay expiration dates on Arizona driver’s
license, ensuring residents over the age of 65 do not need to visit Motor Vehicle Division offices to renew their driver licenses.
42. WIN: MA exempts motor carriers and drivers of commercial vehicles from HOS.
43. WIN: Kansas
Governor issued an Executive Order suspends hours of service weight restrictions for persons operating motor carriers and commercial vehicles.
44. WIN: Connecticut Governor listed trash and recycling collection, hauling,
and processing as essential services.
45. NWRA sent out a member notice with materials drivers can maintain in their vehicles to share with authorities if they are stopped.
WIN: Missouri State Highway Patrol issued an emergency declaration providing regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations related to COVID-19, including sanitation.
47. WIN: Favorable media coverage:
"DHS Designates Waste Collection as Essential Critical Infrastructure," Waste 360.
48. WIN: In California, the State Public Health Officer designated a list of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers. This included individuals
who provide support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste.
49. WIN: In Nevada, the Governor’s Executive Order listed essential infrastructure operations,
including solid waste collection and removal.
50. WIN: Oregon DMV extends CDL medical certificate grace period during state of emergency.
51. WIN: Illinois, Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
52. WIN: Illinois, proclamations received from the State Police, from IDOT and the Governor, combined with the recent inclusion of the waste industry in the federal disaster proclamation, means that weight limit and hour of service requirements have been suspended for the waste hauling industry.
53. WIN: Iowa Department of Natural Resources published COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Protocol allowing regulatory flexibility.
54. WIN: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality released an amended declaration of emergency and administrator order allowing regulatory flexibility.
55. WIN: This week the California Water Resources Control Board and the nine California Regional Water Quality Control Boards published information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020
56. NWRA CEO participated in a call with the insurance industry discussion business disruption
insurance facilities in the stimulus package.
57. WIN: New Jersey Governor designated waste collection as critical.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020
58. NWRA asked Majority Leader McConnell and
Democratic Leader Schumer that the COVID-19 economic stimulus package to prioritize assistance to critical infrastructure industries as identified by the Department of Homeland Security in its CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure
59. WIN: Ohio Department of Health includes essential infrastructure excludes individuals engaged in solid waste and recycling collection and removal from stay at home order.
60. WIN: In an emergency bulletin from
the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the waste and recycling industry was granted regulatory relief as follows: Flexibility in the operational hours of solid waste facilities (expanded hours); The relaxing of tonnage limits at
state solid waste facilities; Extension of storage times at solid waste transfer facilities; Reduction of disposal bans for recyclables and yard waste; and Flexibility for compliance timelines for documenting tasks required by solid waste facility
61. WIN: The Governor of Kansas, in an Executive Order, declared that “people working in sanitation and waste are crucial in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 and their work must continue.
62. WIN: Colorado Governor’s Executive Order classified waste workers as critical services and exempted trash, compost, and recycling collection, processing and disposal.
63. WIN: In Delaware, Governor John Carney
issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration. Governor Carney included a full list of essential businesses, which included a Waste Management and Remediation Services section. This section listed waste collection,
waste treatment and disposal and remediation and, other waste Management services.
64. WIN: Louisiana Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
65. WIN: West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection sent a bulletin on March 22nd to WV composite lined solid waste landfills and approved transfer stations stating regulatory flexibility.
MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020
66. WIN: Massachusetts Governor declares waste industry essential Infrastructure during the COVID-19 crisis.
67. In accordance with the designation of the waste industry as critical infrastructure, NWRA issued a Member Alert supplying all members with
a letter they can use when attempting to place orders for items necessary to keep their employees and vehicles clean, safe, and sanitary.
68. NWRA wrote to the National Governors Association, the National League of Cities and the National
Association of Counties asking states provide additional regulatory flexibility to the waste and recycling industry in order to address issues related to managing medical, residential, and commercial waste during the COVID-19 declared national emergency.
69. WIN: The Indiana Governor issued an Emergency Order suspending the expiration of CDLs until May 22, 2020.
70. WIN: The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance issued
guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations. The guidance provides clarification to DOT regulated employers, employees, and service agents on conducting DOT drug and alcohol testing given concerns about COVID-19. This clarification
comes after NWRA asked FMCSA in a letter sent to Acting Administrator Mullen on March 17 requesting guidance on drug and alcohol testing for the waste and recycling industry.
71. In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, NWRA requested that certain requirements that do not affect public health or endanger the environment be suspended.
72. WIN: The Arizona Governor issued an Executive Order prohibiting the closure of essential services which included solid waste and recycling collection and removal.
73. WIN: The Governor of Hawaii included
waste pickup and disposal as essential in an Executive Order.
74. WIN: The Governor of Washington issued an executive order listed as essential those who provide support to ensure the effective removal, storage, and disposal
of residential and commercial solid waste and hazardous waste.
75. WIN: Kansas Governor issued Executive Order prohibiting suspension of waste and recycling services.
76. WIN: The Indiana Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
77. WIN: Indiana Department of Environmental Management posted a notification on enforcement discretion, extension of submission deadlines, and waiver of specific regulations.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020
78. NWRA issued an Action Alert to members asking that they contact lawmakers in Congress to request that priority assistance be
given to critical infrastructure industries as identified by the Department of Homeland Security in its CISA Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
79. WIN: The United States Department of Transportation’s
(DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Enforcement Policy regarding expiring driver’s licenses and medical examiner’s certificates during the COVID-19 national emergency. NWRA wrote to FMCSA seeking relief from
certain regulations including rules regulating driver’s licenses. The Notice of Enforcement Policy is effective March 24, 2020 and expires on June 30, 2020.
80. WIN: Maine Governor designated waste collection as critical.
WIN: The Oklahoma Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
82. WIN: Favorable media coverage: "Waste Industry Asks EPA to Stay Enforcement During Pandemic," Bloomberg Environment.
83. WIN: The Governor of Mississippi issued an executive listing essential services including trash collection.
84. WIN: The Governor of New Mexico issued a Public Health Emergency Order that listed all businesses
deemed essential infrastructure operations including solid waste collection and removal, trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal.
85. WIN: IN Wyoming, a 90 day extension on CDL licenses was implemented.
86. WIN: The Governor of Vermont issued an executive order that included services or functions deemed critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security. Included are trash collection and disposal, recycling and operations.
87. WIN: The
Wisconsin Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
88. WIN: Kentucky Division of Waste Management issued an Emergency Bulletin authorizing the adjustment of hours of operations, lifting tonnage limits, storage times. flexibility for compliance timelines for permits and allowing recycling, yard waste comingled.
89. WIN: Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection sent a letter to NWRA stating regulatory flexibility is allowed on a case by case basis.
90. WIN: Missouri Department of Natural resources released a statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
91. NWRA signed a multi-industry letter stating “It is imperative that the federal, state and local governments come together
with uniform definitions of “critical infrastructure” making clear what manufacturers must continue to operate, as well as take seriously the need to transport those products and have the workforce available to keep operations running.”
WIN: Favorable media coverage: "Coronavirus crisis 'unsung heroes' are waste management workers, industry experts say," FOX Business.
93. NWRA joined the US Chamber of Commerce, local chambers of commerce, and other non-profit
organizations from across the country on a letter to Congress urging support for financial assistance in the COVID-19 economic stimulus legislation.
94. NWRA urged Congress to take up the economic stimulus package and pass it without delay.
stating that it includes important financial assistance for businesses – large and small – including loans, tax credits, and other provisions aimed at incentivizing employers to keep workers on the payroll during the crisis.
95. NWRA Thanks
Labor Department for providing important information to employers and employees by issuing guidance for compliance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
96. WIN: The Minnesota Governor Listed the solid waste
industry as essential.
97. WIN: Idaho Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential.
98. WIN: Vermont Director of Department of Environmental Conservation released a statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020
99. In a letter sent to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator
Peter Gaynor, the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) requested that FEMA establish a system to compensate the waste and recycling industry for providing services to protect public health and safety that would otherwise go unpaid. NWRA
also shared copies of the letter with Vice President Mike Pence, who is leading the nation’s COVID-19 response task force, and the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery, which has oversight of FEMA.
Montana Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
101. WIN: New Hampshire Governor listed the solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order.
102. WIN: Missouri DOT granted weight relief and CDL extension for expired licenses and medical certificates.
103. WIN: In Indiana, IDEM executive team agreed routing of manifests by electronic means was authorized.
104. WIN: Maine Governor released and Executive Order regarding regulatory flexibility for recycling and solid waste facility operation hours enforced by the Department of Environmental Protection.
105. WIN: Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection released a letter to all KY solid waste Management facilities allowing regulatory flexibility.
106. Wisconsin DNR issued instructions on electronic submittal of documents and reports.
FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020
WIN: Favorable media coverage: NWRA asks FEMA to cover noncompensated waste industry services, Waste Today.
108. WIN: Favorable press coverage: Waste collectors request regulatory suspension during COVID-19
109. WIN: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a temporary policy regarding its enforcement of environmental legal obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision came after the National
Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) wrote to Administrator Andrew Wheeler seeking regulatory flexibility.
110. WIN: Favorable press coverage: EPA Announces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19, Waste 360.
NWRA issued a media kit for use by its members who may receive inquiries from the press.
112. WIN: Alaska Governor issued a statewide health mandate, which lists the solid waste industry as essential.
113. WIN: North Carolina Governor listed solid waste industry as essential in Executive Order under CISA guidelines.
: In Minnesota, weight restrictions were lifted for truckers.
115. WIN: Favorable Pres Coverage: EPA Annponces Enforcement Discretion Policy for COVID-19, Waste 360.
116. WIN: Rhode Island Deputy Director for Environmental Protection sent a letter to NWRA allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
117. WIN: Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
118. WIN: Washington state Department of Ecology sent a notification that regulatory flexibility is allowed on a case by case basis..
119. WIN: Ohio Environmental Protection Agency allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020
120. NWRA issued a COVID-19 media kit to its members.
121. WIN: Illinois EPA confirmed that they will accept electronic signatures on permit forms during the pendency of the COVID state of emergency declaration, provided hard copy wet signatures are submitted once the emergency declaration is lifted.
122. WIN: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality released a statement allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
123. WIN: North Carolina Environmental Quality allows regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
124. WIN: Tennessee, Governor’s Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
125. WIN: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has established an email box to accept requests for the Commissioner of the MPCA to consider providing regulatory flexibility, where possible, to assist entities in alternative approaches to maintaining compliance.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020
126. NWRA wrote to 14 remaining governors urging them to designate solid waste collection as an essential service in their state.
127. NWRA joined many trade associations on a letter to President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Senate and House leaders urging support for additional financial assistance to help businesses remain open during the COVID-19 health crisis. In the letter, the groups propose the “COVID-19 Business and Employee Continuity and Recovery Fund” to further assist with economic recovery.
128. WIN: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality submitted a memo regarding COVID-19 Implications for DEQ’s Enforcement Program allowing regulatory flexibility.
129. WIN: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection temporary suspends regulatory requirements and/or permit conditions on a case by case basis.
130. WIN: Alabama Department of Environmental Management sent a letter to NWRA allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
131. WIN: Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division released a letter allowing regulatory flexibility.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2020
132. WIN: NWRA thanked President Trump for commending the vital work of the industry. The President stated, “As we send plane loads of masks and gloves and supplies to the communities battling the plague, and that's what it is. It's a plague. We also send our prayers. We pray for the doctors and the nurses. For the paramedics and the truck drivers, and the police officers, and the sanitation workers. And above all, the people fighting for their lives in New York and all across our land.”
133. WIN: This week the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation published information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
134. WIN: Florida, Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order includes waste and recycling as essential services.
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020
135. NWRA published a poster its member companies can display to help protect waste collection workers from COVID-19. The poster illustrates best practices such as hand washing, using personal protective equipment (PPE), and maintaining social distance.
136. NWRA wrote to the nation’s governors requesting each state issue guidance related to the registration of new vehicles. NWRA member companies continue to operate and have collection vehicles that need to be properly registered with the state motor vehicle agency before they enter service.
137. WIN: This week Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) circulated a notice establishing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
138. WIN: This week Oregon Department of Environmental Quality published information allowing regulatory flexibility on a case by case basis.
139. WIN: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management agreed with the NWRA recommendations to allow exchange of MSW manifest information by electronic means.
140. On a phone call with White House staff, our CEO pushed for assistance
with financial assurance and personal protective equipment.
141. NWRA sent a letter and poster to city officials across the United States with important guidance for communities.
MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2020
142. NWRA thanked Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for his letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the White House Coronavirus Task Force in support of personal protective equipment (PPE) for solid waste workers and others on the frontline.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020
143. NWRA produced a summary of state regulatory relief that was sent to members and made available on the website.