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EPA Publishes Final Plan for Regulatory Periodic Retrospective Reviews


Executive Order (EO) 13563 directed each federal agency to develop a regulatory review plan to determine whether its regulations “should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed so as to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives.”  In August, EPA published its final plan for regulatory review in accordance with the EO directive.  EPA stated that the “initiatives and regulatory reviews described in this Plan are intended to help us thoroughly modernize regulations that are priorities right now, regulations we intend to review as a matter of course because of statutory or judicial requirements and regulations brought to our attention by the public.”  The Plan defines a process and criteria that EPA intends to use for predictable, transparent future regulatory reviews to be conducted every five years.

EPA intends to focus on 35 priority regulatory reviews for the initial review period, categorized by five environmental topics:  air, pesticides, toxic substances, waste, and water.  Included in the five topic areas are the Title V air permit program, state implementation plan process under the Clean Air Act, electronic reporting, hazardous waste requirements for retail products, National Priority List rules, drinking water regulations, NPDES permit requirements, water quality standard regulations and Section 303 (d) water reporting requirements.  The Plan identifies late 2016 for an evaluation of the first review period to identify the best practices and areas of improvement for the Plan.

To view a complete PDF of the Third/Fourth Quarter 2011 issue of the Environmental Letter, click HERE.


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