On April 13, 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a request for input regarding the Agency’s evaluation of existing regulations. PCTC provided input on two EPA programs: the Office of Water’s storm water program, and the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS). PCTC’s comments focused on the inadequate and ineffective procedures in place for stakeholders to adequately address and seek relief from “regulation by information.” PCTC requested that EPA’s regulatory reform task force
recognize that the “preregulatory” actions and dissemination of information by EPA often has the force of regulation without the opportunity for stakeholders to challenge or otherwise provide input to Agency actions. Additionally, dissemination of information – accurate or inaccurate – by the Agency can be used by state and local government entities to adopt unwarranted regulation.
Read PCTC’s letter to EPA, embedded below.