EPA Planning General Review of Regulations

February 18, 2011

In response to a January Executive Order issued by President Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency is inviting public input on how best to review its regulations. In seeking input, EPA said it would provide its retrospective review plan, as well an initial list of regulations it plans to review in late May.

"EPA shares President Obama’s commitment to using common sense and transparency to review federal regulations and will solicit public input regarding the design of its plan via the EPA Web site through March 20, 2011," officials note. The agency also plans to provide opportunities for input through a public meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 14, and listening sessions in other parts of the country. These outreach efforts will allow the public to provide EPA with feedback on specific issues, impacts or programs, it is noted.

"We welcome the opportunity to share our concerns with the EPA about regulations that are imposing an excessive and unnecessary burden on our industry, and we are encouraging our dealers to weigh-in with the agency as well," says David Walker, VP of the Window & Door Dealers Alliance.  "For the better part of a year, the WDDA has voiced its opposition to the EPA's onerous and misguided lead paint rules, which are needlessly constraining our dealers' businesses and weakening job growth in our industry.  We hope the Administration is serious about finally bringing common sense to bear in this matter."