May 27, 2014

White House releases sweeping regulatory agenda

From: E&E Publishing/Greenwire

Amanda Peterka and Jean Chemnick, E&E reporters

The White House on Friday released its latest regulatory agenda, a sweeping plan that includes rules on power plants, renewable fuels, ozone pollution, Clean Water Act jurisdiction and disclosure of payments by oil and gas companies.

The spring issue of the biannual “Unified Agenda of Federal and Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions” details both short- and long-term plans for every agency in the government.

The most notable goals include timelines for the release of greenhouse gas emission standards, proposed 2015 renewable fuel standard targets, a controversial stream protection rule, crude-by-rail safety standards, and methane and hydraulic fracturing regulations.


No rule has prompted more speculation and analysis than the one OMB is currently reviewing for emissions from existing power plants. The rule will cover a sector that contributes 40 percent of U.S. carbon emissions, and Obama made it the cornerstone of his Climate Action Plan last year.

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