Improving Our Regulations - Public Listening Sessions for Review of EPA Regulatory Programs
Monday, March 14, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM (EDT)
EPA is beginning a new periodic retrospective review of our existing significant regulations to determine whether any such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed, so as to make the Agency's regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving the regulatory objectives.
We want you to help us design the plan we will use to periodically review our regulations.
WHO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
WHAT: Meeting open to all members of the public
WHERE: Hilton Arlington, 950 N. Stafford Street, Arlington, VA 22203
WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2011 from 9:30 am - 4:45 pm
There will be two opportunities at this event for the public to provide input: 1) at the plenary session, which will take place from 9:30 am - noon (eastern) and 2) during the afternoon breakout sessions from 1:30 - 3:00 pm and from 3:15 - 4:45 pm.
There will time during the morning plenary session to provide comments on the plan, which should address one of the following questions:
- How should we identify candidate regulations for periodic retrospective review?
What criteria should we use to prioritize regulations for review?
How should our review plan be integrated with our existing requirements to conduct retrospective reviews?
How often should we solicit input from the public on the plan?
What should be the timing of any given regulatory review (e.g., should a regulation be in effect for a certain amount of time before it is reviewed)?
There will also be two rounds of media-specific breakout sessions in the afternoon. During these sessions, participants may provide input on the regulatory retrospective review process for major media programs (Air, Water, Waste, Pesticides, and Toxics) and the elements of the review. There will also be a breakout session in both rounds to address general regulatory issues that may not fall into these media-specific topics. The elements of the review process include the following:
Integration & Innovation
Environmental Justice/Children’s Health/Elderly
Science Obsolete/Technology Outdated
State, Local, and Tribal Governments
Least Burden/Flexible Approaches
Benefits and Costs
Please register and let us know if you will be attending and if you will be speaking at the plenary session and/or attending one of the breakout sessions.
Specific times for the plenary session and breakout groups will be provided at a later date when the agenda has been finalized.
For more information please visit EPA's website www.epa.gov/improvingregulations.
When & Where
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
About Hearings and Comments
Remarks made during the hearing will be transcribed and entered into the public docket. Each speaker will be allotted 5 minutes to present verbal remarks.
All remarks and submissions become part of the official public record.
Attendance at the hearing is not necessary to comment on this proposed rulemaking. EPA also welcomes written comments. Instructions on how to submit written comments can be found at:
No one method for submission of comments is “better” than another. EPA will review and respond to all substantive comments in the rulemaking docket, whether they were submitted in writing or verbally during this hearing.