Daily Archives: August 29, 2011

EPA Report: Improving Our Regulations: Final Plan for Periodic Retrospective Reviews of Existing Regulations

USEPA has released its report in response to Executive Order 13563 which charges each federal agency to:

“develop…a…plan, consistent with law and its resources and regulatory priorities, under which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations to determine whether any such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed so as to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives.”

The report (click here) identifies 35 regulatory reviews for the initial review period.     16 are “early actions”, meaning the Agency intends to take some action in calendar year 2011.     The other 19 reviews are longer term actions. The list of Early actions are as follows:

2.1 Early actions

Of the 35 priority regulatory reviews presented in this section, the following 16 are early actions that are intended to yield in 2011 a specific step toward modifying, streamlining, expanding, or repealing a regulation or related program. Asterisks (**) preceding the heading of a review indicate those reviews which were suggested during the public comment periods held for this Plan.

 1. ** Gasoline and diesel regulations: reducing reporting and recordkeeping

2. ** Equipment leak detection and repair: reducing burden

3. Regulatory certainty for farmers: working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and states

4. ** Modern science and technology methods in the chemical regulation arena: reducing whole-animal testing, reducing costs and burdens, and improving efficiencies

5. ** Electronic online reporting of health and safety data under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); and Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA): reducing burden and improving efficiencies

6. ** National Priorities List rules: improving transparency

7. Quick changes to some TSCA reporting requirements: reducing burden

8. ** National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES): coordinating permit requirements and removing outdated requirements

9. ** National primary drinking water regulations – Long Term 2 Enhances Surface Water Treatment: evaluating approaches that may maintain, or provide greater, public health protection

10. ** Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) and integrated planning for wet weather infrastructure investments: providing flexibilities

11. ** Vehicle regulations: harmonizing requirements for:

a. Greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards

b. Vehicle emission standards

12. Multiple air pollutants: coordinating emission reduction regulations and using innovative technologies

13. ** NSPS reviews and revisions under the CAA: setting priorities to ensure updates to outdated technologies

14. ** CAA Title V Permit programs: simplifying and clarifying requirements

15. Innovative technology: seeking to spur new markets and utilize technological innovations

16. ** The costs of regulations: improving cost estimates

Lindzen 2011 Presentation: Climate vs Climate Alarm

Richard S. Lindzen, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA


Click here for slides presented at the August 28, 2011, American Chemical Society meeting.

China Drought Continuing in the Southwest

Guizhou Province is the most serious…..click here for news article.