In a First-Ever Move, EPA Asks Industry and Public What Agency Regulations to Repeal, Replace or Modify


Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments on any “regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”

This notice invites an unprecedented level of review over EPA’s entire existing body of regulations. The notice aims to implement the President’s February 24 Executive Order 13777 Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens.” The notice describes those regulations vulnerable to overhaul as those that:

(a)    Eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation;

(b)   Are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective;

(c)    Impose costs that exceed benefits;

(d)   Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.

The comment period closes only 30 days out, on May 15, 2017. Contact your counsel for more information or to request assistance in commenting.