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New Concerns for Companies That Import or Manufacture "Toxic" Chemicals

Inevitably, a change in Administrations leads to changes in policies and priorities of regulatory agencies. Most media coverage has focused on opposition to the Trump Administration's efforts to revise existing or proposed...more

Long-Awaited Commerce Department Regulatory Reform Report Spotlights Priority Targets

In one of its first actions upon taking office, the Trump Administration issued a Presidential Memorandum on Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing on January 24, 2017. That...more

Streamlining Federal Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects: Real Change is Coming

In recent actions, the Trump Administration reinforced its commitment to making significant changes in the way federal environmental reviews and authorizations are managed for infrastructure projects. As discussed in a...more

Administration Invites Additional Public Comment on "Waters of the United States" Rulemaking

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency will hold nine teleconferences to solicit public comments and recommendations on revising the definition of "Waters of the United States" under the...more

New Executive Order on Infrastructure Ups the Ante on Streamlining the Environmental Review and Permitting Process

Since its earliest days, the Trump Administration has focused on eliminating delays in infrastructure projects, portraying environmental reviews and permitting as major choke points requiring change. On January 24, 2017, the...more

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency Proposal to Rescind "Waters of the United States" Regulatory...

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a process for replacing the Obama administration's 2015 promulgation of a revised regulatory definition of "waters of the United States."...more

Interior Department Announces Regulatory Reform Comment Opportunity

In a June 22, 2017 Federal Register notice, the Department of Interior (DOI) became the most recent federal department or agency to initiate a comment cycle to solicit public input on regulations that should be repealed,...more

The Honest Act Inches Forward Amid Controversy

The latest development in the consideration of H.R. 1430, the Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment Act of 2017" ("HONEST Act"), introduced by Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX] and strongly supported by the new Administration,...more

Bipartisan Senate Regulatory Accountability Act Adds Another Important Element to Reform Efforts

On April 26, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) introduced a bipartisan bill, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 that would codify several existing Executive Orders ("EO") and impose new requirements...more

EPA Doubles Down on Regulatory Reform Outreach, But is More Necessarily Better?

EPA continues to create mechanisms for stakeholders to use in submitting rule candidates for repeal, replacement, or modification, in implementation of the Trump Administration's regulatory reform Executive Orders (see...more

EPA Seeks Input on Regulations to be Repealed, Replaced, or Modified

The Trump Administration issued its most recent major Executive Order ("EO") on regulatory reform on February 24, EO 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda. That directive added structural and enforcement mechanisms to a...more

Regulatory Reform: A Closer Look at Opportunities and Challenges

Clark Hill's previous Alerts on the major regulatory reform initiatives launched by the Trump Administration covered the key points of those executive orders and directives. After assessment of the collective orders, this...more

President Trump Orders Revisit of "Waters of the United States" Rule

President Donald Trump issued, on February 28, 2017, an Executive Order ("EO") aimed at rescinding and revising the Obama Administration-issued final rule entitled "Clean Water Rule: Definition of 'Waters of the United...more

Regulatory Restructuring Initiatives Keep Coming

Continuing a Trump Administration series of Executive Orders, Presidential Memoranda, and Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") guidance documents that direct federal agencies to fundamentally change their rulemaking...more

Next Steps on the Executive Order on Reducing Regulation: OMB's Guidance Provides Some Clarity

The Trump Administration's January 30 Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs established broad principles that federal agencies are now expected to follow: (1) for every new regulation an...more

New Administration Orders Federal Agency Action to Reduce Regulatory Burden on Manufacturing

Continuing the flurry of Presidential directives on a wide array of matters, on January 24, 2017, President Trump ordered a series of actions designed to support the expansion of U.S. manufacturing by reducing regulatory...more

1/31/2017  /  EPA , Manufacturers , OMB , Trump Administration

Trump Administration Memorandum Imposes Regulatory Freeze Pending Review

On January 20, 2017, shortly after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the nation's 45th President, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus executed and disseminated a Memorandum to the heads of every executive department and agency...more

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