DOE’s enabling statutes give it ample authority to intervene in the regulatory programs of other agencies. These interventionist authorities are to be used when other federal agencies propose regulations which curtail the attainment of the nation’s energy goals.
Unfortunately these DOE regulatory authorities have remained dormant for years. DOE is in the process of implementing a program to examine its existing regulations and at the same time to initiate process changes which will make its programs more responsive to the needs of the public.
In response to a request for public comment CRE has provided DOE with these recommendations.