On April 24, 2017, EPA hosted a listening session in support of the directives found in President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) 13777 in an effort to craft recommendations on rules to be potentially repealed, replaced, or modified. The call, which lasted three hours, was open to the general public. EPA is taking public comment on this effort via Regulations.gov, under Docket ID EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190; the comment period closes on May 15, 2017. On April 24, the docket had 6,586 comments registered. On April 25, the docket had 18,489 comments registered.
In all, EPA fielded comments from approximately 60 callers. The approximate make-up of those commenting included:
- About 10 industry trade groups;
- One state agency and several Tribal agencies;
- Approximately five engineering/consulting firms (or individuals);
- Approximately 10 members of the regulated community; and
- Approximately 15 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) represented by approximately 20 callers.
The remainder of the callers were concerned citizens.
While EPA’s invitation requested input on specific air and radiation actions that could be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome, some of the participants (namely NGOs and concerned citizens) called in to voice their opposition to actions that would result in the repeal of any existing air quality regulations and radiological standards.
Some common themes raised by businesses and trade organizations throughout the call included:
- Revising EPA’s stance on “once in, always in” for NESHAP;
- Revising or repealing the GHG reporting rule (with several commenters specifically calling out requirements for the oil and gas sector under Subpart W);
- Rolling back the most recent Ozone NAAQS;
- Working with the regulated community for common sense implementation of certain requirements; and
- Other industry/company specific concerns.
More information regarding this action and associated stakeholder comments can be found on the docket located here.