The embattled U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public comment on a plan that will guide EPA’s internal review of its regulations as part of a government-wide regulatory review.
The review was triggered Jan. 18 by President Obama’s 2011 Executive Order (EO) 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.”
EO 13563 directs each federal agency to consider “how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.”
The order calls on every agency to develop “a preliminary plan, consistent with law and its resources and regulatory priorities, under which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations to determine whether such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective and or less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.”
Targeting ‘Dumb’ Regulations
The order takes aim at federal regulations that, Obama said, “stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive.”
Obama said the government would “root out regulations that conflict, that are not worth the cost, or that are just plain dumb.”
The review follows widespread and growing criticism by many industries that several Obama agencies—led by EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration—have been proposing and enacting regulations that accomplish little while killing jobs and choking economic growth.
The review has already prompted OSHA to withdraw an occupational noise proposal and a proposal on musculoskeletal injury reporting.
‘Common Sense and Transparency’
In inviting public input on its review, EPA said it shared Obama’s “commitment to using common sense and transparency to review federal regulations.”
The agency said it would post its plan on the EPA website through March 20, hold a public meeting on the review March 14 in Washington DC, and schedule “listening sessions” on the proposal at various locations nationwide.
The plan, and the regulations targeted for review, will be available in May, EPA said. For more information about the review, visit http://www.epa.gov/improvingregulations. For information about environmental laws and regulations, visit http://www.epa.gov/lawsregs/.