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U.S. EPA Seeks Regulatory Reform Comments – Your Input Needed

Last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Federal Register notice seeking comment on existing federal environmental regulations “that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome.”

The deadline for submitting comments to EPA is May 15, 2017. This comment opportunity carries out Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda. Existing federal environmental regulations that “are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective” or “impose costs that exceed benefits” are fair game. Details are provided in this federal docket.

ISRI will be submitting comments on behalf of the industry and expects to comment on (at least) federal regulations concerning the Definition of Solid Waste, Appliance Recycling, and Chemical Data Reporting (imported scrap metal). We need your input for identifying problematic federal environmental regulations to mention in our comments. Please send your thoughts concerning such regulations by Friday, May 5, 2017. We also encourage members to submit their own comments because the number of comment submissions is an important factor that EPA considers in prioritizing which regulations to review. Comments may be submitted via the federal docket or at Laws-Regs@epa.gov by May 15, 2017.

For more information, please email David Wagger, chief scientist / director of environmental management for ISRI, or call at (202) 662-8533.

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