Regulatory Reform Underway at EPA

scott-pruittThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) just released information on Regulatory Reform. The release follows EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s launch of his “Back to Basics” agenda to refocus the agency’s core mission that also includes returning power to the states and an environment where jobs can grow. He emphasizes the importance of engaging with state, local and tribal partners to create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth. See press release below:


As a vital step of EPA’s implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” EPA’s Regulatory Reform Task Force, led by the Office of Policy, submitted a Federal Register notice today to solicit public comments on EPA regulations.

“We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration. The previous administration abused the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda that expanded the reach of the federal government, often dismissing the technological and economic concerns raised by the regulated community and duplicating long-standing regulations by states and localities. Moving forward, EPA will be listening to those directly impacted by regulations, and learning ways we can work together with our state and local partners, to ensure that we can provide clean air, land, and water to Americans,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt.

The notice will include a docket that all EPA program offices will use to collect comments specific to their issues. EPA’s Regulatory Reform Task Force is simultaneously working with program offices to gather their recommendations for specific rules that should be considered for repeal, replacement or modification. EPA regional offices, program offices, and other officials will report back by May 15, 2017.

EPA also launched a new webpage with information related to the agency’s regulatory reform efforts, which will include a list of upcoming meetings being held by the offices at: The docket number for public input is EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190

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