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Mar
07

NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform

The Hill published an article titled, “NGO-driven EPA regulations based on bad science need reform.” The article reads in part as follows;

“With all its warts, the Trump administration has hit the ground running on pulling back regulatory overreach. The president has issued a pair of critical, wide-ranging executive orders — one that requires federal agencies to revoke two regulations for every new rule they want to issue, and another that requires the cost of any additional regulations to be completely offset by undoing existing rules.

The new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, made it clear in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that his agency will be run differently than in years past: ‘This past administration didn’t bother with statutes. . . They displaced Congress, disregarded the law, and in general said they would act in their own way. That now ends’, he said.

As an example,  Pruitt promised to end the pernicious practice known as “sue and settle” that occurs when a federal agency invites a lawsuit from an ideologically sympathetic activist group — sometimes one to which it has given grants — and then quickly settles on terms that both the agency and activists like.

This occurs even if it exceeds the agency’s statutory mandate. Thus, sue and settle is a strategy that circumvents both congressional intent and the rulemaking process. The EPA has used it repeatedly. There’s another category of regulatory reform that needs attention — regulations in the works driven by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are not based on science.”

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