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2017-08-25 Unified Agenda Lists Planned Deregulatory Actions Regulatory action DOI, EPA

The Fall 2017 update to the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions lists a variety of planned actions to rescind or revise regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

2017-08-10 EPA and NHTSA Open Public Comment Period for Reconsideration of Light Duty Emission Standards MY 2022-2025, Expand Review to Include MY 2021 Regulatory action DOT, EPA, NHTSA

EPA and NHTSA opened a public comment period on the reconsideration of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks for model years (MY) 2022-2025. EPA is also taking comment on whether the MY 2021 standards are appropriate. Public comments will be accepted for 45 days after this announcement is published in the Federal Register.

2017-07-26 NHTSA Announces Environmental Review of New Fuel Economy Standards for MY 2022-2025 Vehicles Regulatory action NHTSA

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it would prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) to assess the potential environmental impacts of new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards it is proposing to adopt for model year 2022-2025 passenger cars and light trucks. The NHTSA has initiated a “scoping process,” aimed at identifying… read more

2017-07-20 Trump Administration Releases Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions Regulatory action All

The Trump Administration released its Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Agenda, which was prepared by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, identifies regulations proposed to be promulgated or revised by federal agencies in the short- and long-term. Regulations proposed for revision include: the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon dioxide emissions standards for new fossil fuel… read more

2017-07-12 NHTSA Delays and Reconsiders Rule Establishing Civil Penalties for Fuel Efficiency Violations Regulatory action DOT, NHTSA

NHTSA has delayed indefinitely the effective date of an Obama-era rule to increase penalties on automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, pending its reconsideration of the rule. NHTSA is accepting comments on the rule reconsideration through October 10, 2017.

2017-06-30 FWS Delists Yellowstone Grizzly, Dismissing Threat Posed by Climate Change Regulatory action FWS

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final notice in the federal register announcing its decision to remove the Yellowstone Grizzly from the list of endangered and threatened species under the Endangered Species Act, based in part on its determination that climate change does not pose an immediate or foreseeable threat to the population segment. 

2017-06-26 NOAA Identifies 12 Marine Protected Areas to Review in Accordance With Offshore Oil and Gas Directive Regulatory action NOAA

NOAA has identified a proposed list of twelve National Marine Sanctuaries and National Marine Monuments that it intends to review pursuant to Executive Order 13795: Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy (April 28, 2017), which directs NOAA to identify marine protected areas that were designated or expanded in the past ten years and to report back on “the opportunity costs associated with potential energy and mineral exploration and production” in those areas. Comments on the proposed list and NOAA’s review will be accepted through July 26, 2017.

2017-06-22 DOI Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace, or Modify Regulatory action DOI

DOI is seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification, consistent with President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independent and Economic Growth. DOI has stated that no deadline for the receipt of comments on this effort has been established at this time and that it will review comments on an ongoing basis.

2017-06-16 EPA Proposes 2 Year Stay of Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a proposal to stay for two years certain core requirements of the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers methane as well as VOCs). Comments on the proposed stay are due on July 17, 2017.

2017-06-15 BLM postpones the compliance dates for Methane Waste Rule Regulatory action BLM, DOI

BLM issued a federal register notice announcing that it was postponing the compliance dates for certain provisions of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule (finalized on November 10, 2016), which aims to reduce waste of natural gas (methane) from oil and natural gas production activities on federal and tribal land.

2017-06-05 EPA Issues Notice of Stay and Reconsideration of Additional Provisions of Oil and Gas Emission Standards Regulatory action EPA

EPA issued a notice stating that it is granting reconsideration of certain requirements in the in the New Source Performance Standards for the Oil and Gas Sector (which covers emission standards for methane as well as VOCs), specifically the well site pneumatic pumps standards and the requirements for certification by professional engineer.

2017-05-26 DOE Confirms That it Will Not Withdraw Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Regulatory action DOE

On May 26, 2017, DOE published a notice confirming the adoption of the energy conservation standards for residential air conditioners and heat pumps. DOE noted that it had “determined that the comments received in response to that direct final rule do not provide a reasonable basis for withdrawing it.”

2017-05-24 DOE Announces Effective Date for Energy Efficiency Standard for Ceiling Fans Regulatory action DOE

DOE published a notice in the Federal Register confirming that there will be no further delays in the implementation of the energy efficiency standards for ceiling fans and that the effective date of the energy efficiency standard for ceiling fans will be September 30, 2017.

2017-05-22 EPA Stays Rules Establishing Methane Standards for Landfills Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90-day administrative stay of two rules that established methane emission standards for new and existing landfills, pending its reconsideration of the rules pursuant to EO 13783: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.

2017-05-19 Federal Highway Administration Delays GHG Metric for Assessing Highway Performance Regulatory action DOT, FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indefinitely delayed the effective date of a climate metric which would have required state and regional highway planners receiving federal funding to tally and report anticipated greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles traveling on their roads.

2017-05-11 DOI Initiates Review of National Monuments Under Trump Directive Regulatory action DOI

DOI announced that it is is conducting a review of certain National Monuments designated or expanded since 1996 under the Antiquities Act of 1906 in order to implement Executive Order 13792 on the Review of Designations Under the Antiquities Act (April 26, 2017).

2017-04-18 EPA Intends to Reconsider Fugitive Emission Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

In a letter dated April 18, 2017, EPA announced that it would convene a process for reconsidering the fugitive emission requirements at well sites and compressor station sites in the NSPS for the Oil and Gas Sector.

2017-04-13 EPA Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace or Modify Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This input is intended to help inform EPA’s response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2017.

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan.

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of GHG Standards for New and Modified Power Plants Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Generating Units

2017-04-04 EPA Initiates Review of Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Sector Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities.

2017-04-03 EPA Withdraws Proposed Rules that Accompanied Clean Power Plan Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew two proposed rules that would have supplemented the Clean Power Plan final rule and provided support for the development of state plans: (i) a rule establishing federal plans and model rules for implementing the GHG emission guidelines for existing power plants, and (ii) a rule concerning details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP).

2017-03-21 FHWA Postpones Rule Establishing GHG Reporting Standards for Federal Highway Projects Regulatory action DOT, FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has postponed the effective date of a rule establishing natural performance management standards for federal highway projects until . The rule requires local and state transportation planners to measure and account for the greenhouse gas emissions of highway projects that receive federal funding.

2017-03-20 DOE Postpones Five Energy Efficiency and Conservation Rules Regulatory action DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the further postponement of five energy efficiency and conservation rules, including test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, and compressors, and conservation standards for ceiling fans and construction standards for federal buildings.

2017-03-15 EPA and NHTSA Announce Decision to Reconsider GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles Regulatory action EPA, NHTSA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced their intention to reconsider the greenhouse gas emission standards for light duty vehicles model years 2022-2025. The decision reverses course from EPA’s January 2017 determination that no change in the standards was warranted.

2017-03-02 EPA Withdraws Request for Oil and Gas Industry to Submit Data on Methane Controls Regulatory action EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has withdrawn a 2016 Information Collection Request (ICR) which directed existing oil and gas facilities and operators to provide data needed to help the agency determine how to best reduce methane and other harmful emissions from existing sources in the large and complex oil and natural gas industry.

2017-02-13 FHWA Postpones Rule Establishing GHG Reporting Standards for Federal Highway Projects Regulatory action DOT, FHWA

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) postponed the effective date of a rule establishing natural performance management standards for federal highway projects until March 21, 2017, in accordance with the regulatory freeze issued by the White House on January 21, 2017. The postponed rule requires local and state transportation planners to measure and account for the greenhouse gas emissions of highway projects that receive federal funding.

2017-02-02 DOE Postpones Five Energy Efficiency and Conservation Standards Regulatory action DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has postponed the effective date of five energy efficiency and conservation standards until March 21, consistent with a recent memorandum calling for a freeze of new and pending regulations. The postponed rules include test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, and compressors, and conservation standards for ceiling fans and construction standards for federal buildings.

2017-01-31 Department of Energy Withdraws Final Rule Implementing Energy Efficiency Standards for Manufactured Housing Regulatory action DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has withdrawn a final rule to implement the requirement under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 to establish energy conservation standards for manufactured housing, pursuant to President Trump’s memorandum calling for a regulatory freeze pending review of regulations.

2017-01-26 Small Business Administration Withdraws Proposed Rule Applying Federal Flood Risk Management Standards to Disaster Loan Program Regulatory action SBA

The Small Business Association (SBA) has withdrawn a proposed rule to apply federal flood risk management standards (FFRMS) to SBA disaster loans, pursuant to President Trump’s memorandum calling for a regulatory freeze pending review of regulations.

2017-01-26 Department of Transportation Withdraws Proposed Rule Establishing a National Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program Regulatory action DOT

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has withdrawn a proposed rule that would implement the requirement under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 to establish a national tire fuel efficiency consumer information program for replacement tires designed for use on motor vehicles. DOT undertook this action pursuant to President Trump’s memorandum calling for a regulatory freeze pending review of regulations.