03 Jul '11, 7pm

The EPA goes retro:

The EPA goes retro:

Photo: Horia Varlan In January, President Obama issued a call for all federal agencies to review their existing regulations, looking for rules that had grown outdated, ineffective, or insufficient over time. Back then, there was much discussion over whether the move was a gift to business or a robust defense of strong protections even in a downturned economy. Now, the EPA and other agencies have released their proposed plans for retrospective review, and the proof is in the regulatory pudding. In its current form, there is too little in the EPA's proposal that suggests review efforts will strive to enhance cumulative net regulatory benefits. Ideally, these plans would be neutral, and would seek to maximize net benefits regardless of whether rules needed to be rolled back, updated, or expanded. Largely, it seems , the EPA has focused narrowly on paperwork reductions and app...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/climate-policy/2011-07-03-the-epa-go...

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