Public Participation in EPA’s Regulatory Reform

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. Comment period ends May 15, 2017

How to Comment:

You may submit comments in writing, using Email, Docket or mail.

Email: Laws-Regs@epa.gov

Docket: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190

Mail: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460

  • On April 11, 2017, EPA announced it is soliciting public comments on its evaluation of existing regulations per EO 13777. All public comments will be accessible online in our docket on the Regulations.gov website identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190.
  • On April 13, 2017, EPA issued a Federal Register notice: Evaluation of Existing Regulations.
  • On March 24, 2017, EPA Administrator Pruitt issued an agency-wide memorandum on implementation of EO 13777, which announced members of the required Regulatory Reform Task Force and directed program offices to seek public input on existing regulations and report findings to the Task Force by May 15.
  • Per the Administrator’s March 24 memo, EPA offices are conducting additional outreach described below. This list may be updated according to office plans.
  • The Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), will host a public meeting to obtain public feedback on May 9, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT in Arlington, VA.
  • The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization plans a public meeting on April 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EDT.
  • The Office of Water (OW) is planning to meet with water associations, including ECOS, ACWA, ASDWA, and GWPC on April 26, 2017 from 1 – 3 p.m.
  • OW is also planning a virtual listening session for the public on May 2, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • The Office of International and Tribal Affairs will host an outreach call with tribal representatives on April 24, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Office of Air and Radiation plans a public meeting via teleconference on April 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.
  • The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention will meet with the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee on May 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Presidential Actions Related to Regulatory Reform

  • Executive Order 13777 (82 FR 12285, March 1, 2017) on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force). One of the duties of the Task Force is to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement, or modification. The EO requires EPA to submit a progress report to the Administrator by mid-May, 2017.
  • Executive Order 13771 (82 FR 9339, February 3, 2017) on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs directs all agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each new regulation issued in FY 2017 and thereafter. It further directs agencies that the “total incremental costs of all regulations should be no greater than zero” in FY 2017. For FY 2018 and beyond, the director of the Office of Management and Budget will provide agencies with a total amount of incremental costs that will be allowed.
  • Executive Order 13783 (82 FR 16093, March 31, 2017) on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, directs the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan, related rules and the NSPS for Oil and Gas, and all agencies to review existing regulations, orders, guidance documents and policies that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources. The Administrator must submit a plan for the review of existing regulations to OMB by mid-May, 2017. The Administrator must also submit a draft report detailing actions taken under the EO by late July 2017 and finalize the report by late September 2017.

For more information please visit EPA’s Regulatory Reform webpage: https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform