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Clean Air Act Overview

OAR Regulatory Reform

The Environmental Protection Agency is Seeking Feedback on Reducing Regulatory Burden

Consistent with Executive Order 13777 , EPA  is seeking public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. As part of this effort, we will be accepting written public comments submitted through May 15, 2017 at docket EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190, which is accessible through regulations.gov.  In addition, the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), will host a public teleconference to obtain additional stakeholder feedback on air and radiation regulatory actions on Monday, April 24, 2017, from 11:00am to 2:00pm EDT

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Background

On February 24, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda. The Executive Order (EO) establishes the “policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.” Among other things, it requires each agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force (Task Force) to evaluate existing regulations and to identify regulations that should be repealed, replaced or modified.

In implementing the EO, on March 24, 2017, Administrator Pruitt advised several EPA offices, including OAR, to provide the Task Force recommendations regarding specific rules that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome by May 15, 2017.  As part of the process, OAR is hosting a public meeting to solicit proposals for EPA air and radiation regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome. Please see https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-air-and-radiation-oar for more information on statutes, EOs, and programs that OAR implements.

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Public Teleconference

OAR is holding a public meeting via teleconference on April 24, 2017 so that we can listen and learn from those directly impacted by our regulations. The focus of this teleconference will be on air and radiation actions only. We invite you to provide input on these rules during the public teleconference. Information on joining the teleconference and submitting comments through the docket are below. For questions about this process, please contact oarinvitations@epa.gov.

Date: April 24, 2017

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Participant Dial-in Number: (800) 305-3182

Conference ID#: 8535873

OAR’s public teleconference will be an operator assisted call. The call with start with brief remarks from EPA and the remainder of the call will be dedicated to listening to public input. Participants wishing to speak or listen do not need to register in advance for the teleconference. To hear the opening remarks, please dial in 10 minutes before the start time. You may call into the teleconference at any time during the three-hour period.

If you wish to speak, at any time, you may nominate yourself to speak by hitting *1 on your phone. Your name will be added to a queue. Speakers will be asked to deliver 3 minutes of remarks and will be called on a first come, first served basis. OAR will do our best to hear from everyone who wishes to speak. The teleconference will be transcribed and will be added to the docket. If you do not have the opportunity to speak on the call, please submit your input to the EPA-wide docket (docket number: EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190). OAR will give equal consideration to input provided through either of these methods.

For more information on upcoming public engagement opportunities offered by other EPA offices please visit: https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform

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Submitting Comments and/or Proposals to the Docket

Comments can be submitted to the EPA-wide public docket, EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190, which is available at www.regulations.gov. The docket will be open until May 15, 2017.

We ask that you clearly denote the subject area on which you are providing input at the beginning of your comment.  The subject area could include, but is not limited to, a reference to any of the following:

  • Code of Federal Regulations regulatory cite or Part/Subpart cite (e.g., 40 CFR part 1900, 40 CFR 1900.10(b), etc.);

  • Federal Register citation;

  • Regulatory program or rulemaking title;

  • Title of guidance document.

Detailed instructions on how to submit comments to the docket are available at: https://www.regulations.gov/help. Also, EPA’s Tips for Effective Comments can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets#tips.

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