EPA Releases Plans for Regulatory ReformSeptember 21, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its final report identifying a number of regulations that it will target for modification or elimination in response to Executive Order 13563. The EPA’s report discusses 35 planned regulatory reviews in five main environmental areas.
Executive Order 13563, which was signed by President Obama in January 2011, required all Federal agencies to review their existing regulations and modify or rescind regulations that are “obsolete, unnecessary, unjustified, excessively burdensome, or counterproductive.”
The EPA focused on four broad initiatives: electronic reporting, improved transparency, innovative compliance approaches, and integrated problem-solving, to generate its list of regulations for review. The result is a list of 35 planned regulatory reviews in five main environmental areas and generally:
Electronic online reporting of health and safety data under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)
Of the regulations slated for review, 16 are marked for early action, meaning the EPA “intends to take a specific step toward modifying, streamlining, expanding, or repealing a regulation or related program” in 2011. The remaining 19 actions will require review to determine if revisions are needed.
The EPA's plan creates a cycle of five-year regulatory reviews. Each cycle will begin with a call for nominations of regulations to review, affording the public an opportunity to suggest reforms. The EPA will then examine selected regulations and change them if necessary.
This post was authored by GLLF staff attorney Emily Kelchen.