EPA launches industry partnership program for regulating

EPA launches industry partnership program for regulating
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The Trump administration wants to work more closely with industrial sectors in formulating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that affect them. 

The EPA announced Tuesday that it’s reviving a Smart Sectors program to more formally cooperate with industries like oil and natural gas drilling, mining, steelmaking and agriculture for regulating.

It’s part of the administration’s efforts to be more industry-friendly while still protecting the environment, the EPA said.


“When we consider American business as a partner, as opposed to an adversary, we can achieve better environmental outcomes,” EPA head Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Overnight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash MORE said in a statement.

“The Smart Sectors program is designed to effectively engage business partners throughout the regulatory process. The previous administration created a narrative that you can’t be pro-business and pro-environment. This program is one of the many ways we can address that false choice and work together to protect the environment,” he continued.

“When industries and regulators better understand each other, the economy, public, and the environment all benefit,” he said.

The EPA is assigning a handful of employees to act as liaisons to trade associations and companies for the effort.

The initial industries involved will be aerospace, agriculture, automotive, cement and concrete, chemical manufacturing, construction, electronics and technology, forestry and paper products, iron and steel, mining, oil and gas, ports and marine, and utilities and power generation.

No environmental, health or conservation groups are initially included, although the EPA left the door open for inclusion in the future.

Smart Sectors is a reincarnation of efforts under the Clinton and Bush administrations to establish lines of cooperation with industry. The Obama administration stopped the program in 2009.