EPA Seeks Your Input on Problematic Rules

Environmental Update

Date: April 14, 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency is asking for input on regulations you believe should be repealed, replaced or modified. This is a golden opportunity to have your views heard.

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, which established a federal policy to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens” on American businesses and people. The EO directs federal agencies to establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force, which is to seek input from entities “significantly affected by Federal regulations.”

EPA published its request for comments on April 13, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 17793) and will accept input until May 15, 2017. Among the many regulations currently under scrutiny are:

  • Permitting of new and modified air emission sources
  • Wetlands permitting
  • Hazardous air pollutant standards
  • Removal of startup, shutdown and malfunction shields
  • TSCA chemical data reporting
  • Duplicative greenhouse gas reporting
  • Recent National Ambient Air Quality Standards rulemakings
  • Hazardous waste generator and recycling rules

The Trump administration has targeted several EPA regulations for rollback, notably power plant greenhouse gas emissions limits and Clean Water Act jurisdictional rules. Your input can bring focus upon other programs.


Thompson Hine regularly submits comments on regulatory initiatives on behalf of our clients. For more information, please contact:

Wray Blattner

Nathan C. Hunt

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