Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal for public comment concerning processes EPA should undertake when promulgating regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions are developed and provided in a consistent and transparent manner.  

“This decision will empower local stakeholders to be a part of the regulatory process, ensuring that all future regulations consider a benefit-cost analysis that focuses on real-life data. This commonsense approach will ultimately protect economic prosperity and critical jobs across the state of Wyoming.  I commend the EPA for revising the Obama era policies that were weaponized by far-left bureaucrats with little to no input from Wyoming’s ranchers and energy producers,” said House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL). 

Background:

Many EPA statutes, including the Clean Air Act, provide language on the consideration of benefits and costs, but there are no regulations that ensure that the public is provided an analysis of the benefits and costs in a consistent manner across offices. 

The Western Caucus has consistently been a vocal supporter of proposals from this administration that have brought greater transparency to federal rulemaking processes, such as this new proposal published today. 

Background Courtesy of the EPA: 

In 2018, EPA issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit public input on whether and how to change the way it considers benefits and costs in making regulatory decisions.  

In response to comment received, in May 2019, Administrator Wheeler sent a memo directing agency leadership to develop rules for notice and comment that outline how benefit-cost considerations will be applied to future rulemakings in a more consistent and transparent manner. 

For more information: https://www.epa.gov/air-and-radiation/proposed-rule-increasing-consistency-considering-benefits-and-costs-clean-air-act

More information from EPA can be seen HERE