The EPA published a notice in the April 13th Federal Register requesting public comments on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This request follows President Trump’s February 24th Executive Order that, among other things, requires federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force (“Task Force”) to make recommendations targeting specific federal regulations for elimination or modification. Task Forces must seek input from entities affected by federal regulations, including businesses, consumers, non-governmental organizations and trade associations. EPA’s Task Force is requesting comments on regulations that eliminate jobs or stifle their creation, impose costs that exceed benefits, implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been rescinded or modified, or are otherwise ineffective or outdated. Comments will be accepted through May 15.
Although the breadth of EPA’s request will likely draw many suggestions, members of the regulated community should seize this opportunity to identify regulations that negatively impact their current and planned operations. For more information on EPA’s request for comment, please contact Mack McGuffey or Andy Flavin.