EPA Preparing to Review Rules

Listening sessions for public input are being scheduled.

Published on: Feb 22, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to respond to President Obama's Executive Order directing each federal agency to consider how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome. By late May, EPA says it will provide the public with its retrospective review plan, as well as the initial list of regulations it plans to review.

EPA says it shares President Obama's commitment to using common sense and transparency to review federal regulations and will solicit public input regarding the design of its plan via the EPA Web site through March 20, 2011. EPA will also provide opportunities for input through a public meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 14, and listening sessions in other parts of the country.

Specifically, the President's Order calls on every agency to develop a preliminary plan  to 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its existing significant regulations to determine whether such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the agency's regulatory program more effective and or less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.