Before the inception of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) our country was a toxic soup of pollution that ranged from horrific air quality to chemically polluted waterways. The EPA was born in 1970 in the wake of elevated concern about the environment. Since then, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people by regulating auto emissions, banning the use of DDT, cleaning up toxic waste, protecting the ozone layer, and increasing recycling to name a few. The EPA’s achievements have resulted in cleaner air, purer water, and better protected land.
On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which established a federal policy “to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on the American people. This Executive Order(EO) would empower Scott Pruitt the Administrator of the EPA to essentially remove, or significantly alter, regulatory safeguards that polluters deem too burdensome to their bottom line. The EO directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force, which is to seek input from entities “significantly affected by Federal regulations.” Part of that process requires input from the citizens who are effected by those regulations.
Among the many regulations currently under scrutiny are:
- Permitting of new and modified air emission sources
- Wetlands permitting
- Hazardous air pollutant standards
- Duplicative greenhouse gas reporting
- Recent National Ambient Air Quality Standards rulemakings
- Hazardous waste generator and recycling rules
- Power plant greenhouse gas emissions limits
- Clean Water Act jurisdictional rules
The regulatory review is happening at a rapid pace. So time is of the essence. This is your time to have your views considered by the Agency. Those positively impacted by these regulations need to speak up to help the Task Force determine which regulations will repealed, replaced or modified. Additionally, after the lists of proposed regulatory changes are decided, requests should be made to ensure they are available for public review before the Task Force makes any decisions. Take action now by contacting your EPA Regional Offices, and State equivalents, to voice your concerns and request to be a part of the stakeholder process.
Public comments are due May 15.
Submit comments to:
Mail: Office of Policy Regulatory Reform, Mail Code 1803A, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20460