The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for the public’s input on the effectiveness of federal environmental regulations in an effort to downsize regulatory systems.
As part of the Trump administration’s federal government overhaul efforts, a Regulatory Reform Task Force has been asked to assess regulations and make recommendations to the EPA on whether to repeal, replace or modify existing regulations. The task force is the result of the administration’s executive order, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” which mandates that federal agencies find ways to “alleviate” the American people of regulations.
Among other points, the task force has been asked to identify jobs that:
- Eliminate or inhibit job creation
- Are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective
- Impose costs that exceed benefits
- Create inconsistency or interfere with regulatory reform initiatives
The executive order requires that the task force seek input “from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations, including State, local, and tribal governments, small businesses, consumers, non-governmental organizations, and trade associations”
The task force has requested that comments are as specific as possible.