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Agenda Released for Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions by EPA

Last week, the Trump Administration’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released its Current Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions for all federal agencies.

According to OIRA, “[t]he Agenda represents ongoing progress toward the goals of more effective and less burdensome regulation and includes the following developments:

  • Agencies withdrew 469 actions proposed in the Fall 2016 Agenda;
  • Agencies reconsidered 391 active actions by reclassifying them as long-term (282) and inactive (109), allowing for further careful review;
  • Economically significant regulations fell to 58, or about 50 percent less than Fall 2016;
  • For the first time, agencies will post and make public their list of "inactive" rules-providing notice to the public of regulations still being reviewed or considered.”

The agenda includes actions by the various U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offices that oversee the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA by Office of Land and Emergency Management), Clean Water Act (CWA by Office of Water), Clean Air Act (CAA by Office of Air and Radiation), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA by Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention) etc. Some items are directly relevant to the recycling industry while others are indirectly or distantly relevant. Most are not relevant.

The following relevant regulatory items appear in approximate order of decreasing expected impact on ISRI members (verbatim titles with links and timing of action):

The first two items above related to aerosol cans as universal waste and on-line posting of hazardous waste export/import documents seem to have the most direct impact on ISRI members. The remaining items have potential impact on some ISRI members. ISRI will be watching developments on these regulatory actions and advising members as necessary. For more information about these or other EPA regulatory actions, please contact David Wagger, chief scientist /director of environmental management, at (202) 662-8533.

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