EPA

February 12, 2018

White House Infrastructure Plan and EPA Budget Priorities

Two documents hot off the press today, EPA FY2019 Budget and White House Infrastructure Plan.
September 30, 2017

States Champion Cooperative Federalism as New Environmental Paradigm

Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus years since major air, water and […]
June 28, 2017

Trump EPA Repeals Obama Clean Water Rule

This week, the Trump EPA published proposed regulations that would repeal the Obama EPA’s clean water rule, which has been mired down in litigation since it was proposed in 2014.   The Trump rule, if promulgated, would recodify the regulations that existed prior to the Obama rule, setting up a showdown with environmental groups who […]
June 28, 2017

EPA Introduces the Trump Political Team

EPA’s leadership this week introduced the Trump political team in an email from Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson. *** From: Message from the Chief of Staff Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:07 PM To: Message from the Chief of Staff <messagefromthechiefofstaff@epa.gov> Subject: Introducing EPA Political Appointees Dear Colleagues, Last weekend marked the 120th day since […]
May 8, 2017

GAO Issues New Report on Drinking Water SRF

Here is a link to the new report.  CRS DWSRF Report 5-3-2017. Summary The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal authority for regulating contaminants in public water supplies. It includes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program, established in 1996 to help public water systems finance infrastructure projects needed to comply with […]
April 18, 2017

Regulatory Reform at U.S. EPA Under Way

EPA has made some moves on the Regulatory Reform Effort. On February 24th the President issued an Executive Order (EO 13777) requiring a report by mid-May from each Government department or agency proposing the roll back of unduly burdensome federal regulations. This EO operates in concert with EO 13771 (February 3, 2017) which directs all agencies […]
March 26, 2017

Top Areas of Environmental Reform in Trump Era

The Environmental Law Institute this week issued a new report identifying where the action is going to be in the Trump Administration with regard to environmental policy.  Here is ELI’s list of those areas – the report can be found in its entirety ELI Report – Reg Reform in Trump Era: FACT SHEET 1: Reversing […]
March 1, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O., Readying to Rescind Clean Water Rule

This week, President Trump issued an Executive Order that signals the beginning process for rescinding the Obama EPA’s rule redefining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The E.O. can be found here, but it’s included below in its entirety. Because the Rule is subject to the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative […]
January 30, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O. on Reducing Regulations and Regulatory Costs

President Trump rolls out his Executive Order on agency regulations.  The E.O. can be found here.   As expected, the E.O. calls for the identification of two regulations to be eliminated for every new regulation proposed.   The Director of OMB will be developing guidance for agencies to follow this new directive.       […]
January 4, 2017

EPA Seeks Nominations for New Members of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board

The U.S. EPA is soliciting new members to its Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB), which is a long-standing federal advisory committee that is charged with providing critical analysis and input to EPA’s administrator.   EFAB’s efforts will be will be particularly critical to the incoming Administration as it seeks to change business as usual. Nominations […]