Regulatory Developments, Special Topics in Environmental Management

Running with Rules to the Finish Line

The EPA recently issued its fall 2016 Regulatory Agenda, which lists 49 actions in “final rule stage.” Some of these actions are technical or noncontroversial or intended to reduce compliance burden. But a large number of them will increase or potentially increase regulatory responsibilities either for specific or multiple industrial sectors.

An indeterminate number of these proposed actions will be published in the Federal Register in final form before the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2016, and the Trump EPA transition team is probably assessing each one as either acceptable or a candidate for withdrawal or amendment. This article provides a partial list of potential near-term significant rule finalizations from the Regulatory Agenda.

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