EPA Solicits Comments to Identify Excessively Burdensome Regulations

Environmental Update



In response to President Obama’s recent Executive Order, No. 13563 (January 18, 2011), which called on federal agencies to review existing regulations to determine which regulations are “outmoded … or excessively burdensome,” the Environmental Protection Agency published a notice in the Federal Register today requesting comments which would serve to focus the EPA’s review of its regulations.

President Obama’s Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,’’ called on all Federal agencies to conduct a ``retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome and to modify, streamline, expand, or repeal them in accordance with what has been learned.’’

EPA’s request for comments is a great opportunity for the regulated community to identify specific regulations for review. It allows an opportunity to express complaints regarding regulations that are not cost-effective, or that hurt economic growth and job creation. Following the comment period, EPA will issue a plan with a method and schedule for identifying regulations that are excessively burdensome or counterproductive.

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