Category: Regulatory Developments

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Regulatory Reduction Seen as Opportunity for Manufacturers

Policies to reduce regulation being advanced by the Trump administration have generated tremendous excitement among the most heavily regulated sectors. Industries that have fought for decades against federal rules—and, in particular, EPA rules—now see a rare opportunity to push for sweeping reductions of their environmental compliance burdens and actually see at least some of those […]

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House Vote Overturns OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to overturn an OSHA recordkeeping rule that was passed during the Obama administration and took effect in January. The next step is Senate approval, which is expected, before it lands on President Donald Trump’s desk, where it’s expected to be signed into law. With the help of a […]


White House Orders on Clean Water Rule: Repeal or Revise

The Clean Water Rule (CWR, June 29, 2015, Federal Register), one of the two signature environmental actions of the Obama Administration, has been officially placed on President Trump’s chopping block. In an Executive Order (EO), the president directed the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the two agencies that wrote the CWR, to rescind […]


White House Issues Second EO on Regulatory Reform

President Trump has followed up on his January 31, 2017, Executive Order (EO) regarding offsetting the number and cost of new regulations with a second EO that implements and enforces the first EO, as well as regulatory-reform EOs issued by previous administrations.


Will Pruitt Lift EPA’s Restriction on the Use of E15?

Five Republican senators from ethanol-producing states are hoping Scott Pruitt, EPA’s new administrator, will lift the current Agency restriction on the use of E15 (fuel that is 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol) from June 1 to September 15. The restriction is intended to lower evaporative emissions during the summer months to control the […]


Congress Trying to Amend Ballast Program

Legislation to amend the current regime of state and federal rules to control vessel ballast discharges has been reintroduced in both houses of Congress.  The Senate version of the bill—the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (S.168)—was first introduced in 2014 by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Begich, the former Democratic senator for Alaska.  The […]


Stream Protection Rule Is History

With remarkable efficiency, less than 1 month after inauguration, Congress and President Trump came together to nullify the Stream Protection Rule (SPR, December 20, 2016, Federal Register), a major regulatory action 6 years in the making at the Department of Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.