A trio of recent internal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) memoranda are providing insight into how EPA intends to implement President Trump’s review and potential pogrom of EPA regulations. Virtually no program or regulation appears to be secure from the chopping block. Many stakeholders in industry and other sectors may be alarmed to see programs that are of benefit to them assigned a slot in the guillotine. Supporters of these programs, thus, would be wise to educate senior EPA officials to help them understand the benefits of those programs or regulations, and save them from elimination.
In this memorandum we review details and impacts at the agency and on Capitol Hill of these three memoranda:
- March 21, 2017, Memorandum -- FY 2018 President’s Budget: Major Policy and Final Resources Decisions;
- March 24, 2017, Memorandum -- Executive Order 13777: Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda; and
- March 24, 2017, Memorandum -- Improved Management of Regulatory Actions.
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (EDT), the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources will be hosting a teleconference on this topic, entitled “What Happens Now at EPA: Assessing the Executive Orders and Upcoming Regulatory Reform.” Registration is available online.