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EPA seeks public input on Trump’s regulatory reform agenda

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is searching for Obama-era regulations to repeal.

The EPA’s regulatory reform task force, established by President Trump’s Feb. 24 executive order, is seeking public input on which rules to roll back, the agency said Wednesday in the Federal Register.

The task force is also working with program heads inside the agency to identify rules that they believe impede job growth and impose more costs than benefits.

The task force will take this information into consideration before it recommends to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt which rules to repeal.

Pruitt blamed the Obama administration for “abusing the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda.”

“We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration,” Pruitt said in a statement.

“The previous administration abused the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda that expanded the reach of the federal government, often dismissing the technological and economic concerns raised by the regulated community and duplicating long-standing regulations by states and localities.”

“Moving forward, EPA will be listening to those directly impacted by regulations, and learning ways we can work together with our state and local partners, to ensure that we can provide clean air, land, and water to Americans,” he added.

The public has 30 days to comment.


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