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EPA Publishes Request for Comments in Federal Register

By Caroline Pakenham posted 04-13-2017 04:03 PM

  

Today in the Federal Register the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a request for comments on which current rules and regulations may be appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification. 

The notice urges businesses, non-profits, and others to comment on "what rules eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation, are outdated, impose costs that exceed benefits, are inconsistent or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies."   

The notice reads, "Through this notice, EPA is soliciting such input from the public to inform its Task Force's evaluation of existing regulations."  It also states that the EPA will be conducting outreach on this same topic.   

This Federal Register notice implements Executive Order 13777, "Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda".  The Executive Order directs federal agencies to establish a task force to evaluate existing regulations.  In March, Administrator Pruitt issued an agency-wide memo announcing members of the task force and directing program officers to seek public comment on existing regulations.

Comments are due on May 15th and can be submitted at www.regulations.gov. (Docket number:  EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190).  You can also mail comments to: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460

For more information, please contact Claudio H. Ternieden, WEF's Senior Director, Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at cternieden@wef.org or at (703) 684-2416.  

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