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The 2017 Regulatory Road

The Trump administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released new details on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory and deregulatory actions in the months ahead. The Spring 2017 update to the Unified Agenda shows that EPA has approximately 160 regulations currently in the works – a notable reduction from the end of the Obama administration.  EPA has withdrawn some rulemakings that were in the pipeline in late 2016; others have been slowed for “further careful review.”  Overall, EPA staff is working on substantially fewer proposed rules at this time compared to the last few years.

AGC has carefully reviewed EPA’s updated list of regulatory actions (near and long-term) and considered the potential impact on the construction industry.  Notable highlights include EPA’s end-of-the-year target to propose a new rule on the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act, the delayed schedule for determining whether or not to propose lead paint “work practice” rules for public and commercial buildings (moved to EPA’s long-term list), and the official statement that the agency is no longer pursuing stormwater regulations governing post-construction discharges (marked as “completed action”).

EPA also has delayed air quality designations and nonattainment area classifications for the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), as previously reported by AGC.

In addition, on the cost-savings side, EPA is looking to propose a rule that would add aerosol cans to the “universal waste” regulations and finalize a rule to get one step closer to establishing a national e-Manifest system.

The agency also is continuing its review of the 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) rules to explore amendments that would minimize adverse impacts to small businesses.

Source: Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

For more Information go to:

The 2017 Regulatory Road Ahead http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/agcleg/downloads/The%20Regulatory%20Road%20Ahead%207.13.2017%20final.pdf

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