EPA Requests Feedback on Expendable Regulations

By: Michael K. Reer

On April 10, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a request for comment for publication in the Federal Register. The request for comment seeks public comments “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” Through comments to EPA, operators may now suggest regulations that they believe inhibit the development of oil and natural gas.

The request for comment is issued pursuant to President Trump’s February 24, 2017 executive order “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda” – which directed federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force. The Task Force is responsible for evaluating existing regulations and making recommendations to agency heads regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification. Among other items, the executive order directs the Task Force to identify regulations that: eliminate jobs, or inhibit job creation; are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; or derive from or implement executive orders or other presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.

Comments are due 30 days after the request is published in the Federal Register.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Trump Administration Halts New Regulations


On January 20, 2017, Reince Priebus, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, issued a memorandum to the heads of all executive departments and agencies concerning ongoing regulatory projects.  Specifically, Priebus instructed agency heads to: (1) immediately withdraw all regulations pending before the Office of the Federal Register; and (2) where possible, postpone by 60 days the effective date of certain regulations published in the Federal Register that have not yet taken effect.  Priebus excluded from his directive those regulations subject to statutory or judicial deadlines and those emergency regulations relating to health, safety, financial, or national security matters.  Priebus also noted in his memorandum that agencies may be required to propose an additional rulemaking to delay the effective date for regulations have already been published in the Federal Register. 

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