EPA Seeks Public Comment on Regulatory Review

April 12th, 2017 by Editor

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a Federal Register notice on Tuesday to solicit public comments on EPA regulations. That includes the controversial Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP), which has been deeply unpopular among door and window installers since it went into effect in April 2010.

The lead paint rule is already undergoing a review under Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), which is issued by government agencies to determine “if provisions of a rule that are related to small entities should be continued without change, rescinded, or amended to minimize adverse economic impacts on small entities.” The 610 review for RRP began in June 2016 and is still ongoing.

“We are supporting the restoration of America’s economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration,” said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in a statement. “The previous administration abused the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda that expanded the reach of the federal government, often dismissing the technological and economic concerns raised by the regulated community and duplicating long-standing regulations by states and localities. Moving forward, EPA will be listening to those directly impacted by regulations, and learning ways we can work together with our state and local partners, to ensure that we can provide clean air, land, and water to Americans.”

Other major regulations that could receive comments from the industry include the Clean Power Plan, which President Trump seeks to de-fund in his 2018 budget proposal, and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which Trump has ordered the EPA to review. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) opposes both, arguing they would impose costly regulatory burdens on the residential construction industry.

If implemented, the Clean Power Plan could lead to “the adoption of rigorous building energy codes that would harm housing affordability while doing little to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from housing,” said NAHB chair Granger MacDonald, a home builder and developer from Kerrville, Texas, in a statement. In another statement, MacDonald said the WOTUS rule “goes so far as to regulate man-made ditches and isolated ponds on private property.”

EPA’s vast regulatory infrastructure also covers the manufacture of fabricated metals (such as doors and windows) and emission standards for vinyl production facilities. According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), vinyl windows comprise about 69 percent of prime windows in the U.S.

All EPA program offices will be collecting public comments specific to their issues. That includes the Office of Administration and Resources Management (OARM), which administers several programs related to energy efficiency in buildings. EPA’s Regulatory Reform Task Force is working with program offices to gather their recommendations for specific rules that should be considered for repeal, replacement or modification. EPA regional offices, program offices and other officials will report back by May 15, 2017.

It’s unclear if the Energy Star program is soliciting public comment. It’s a voluntary partnership program, not a regulation. However, it’s supervised by the Office of Atmospheric Programs, which is one of the EPA offices seeking public comment. Trump’s 2018 budget plan seeks to “closeout or transfer” the popular Energy Star program, which works with industries to rate the energy efficiency of thousands of products, including doors, windows and skylights.

EPA has launched a new webpage with information related to the agency’s regulatory reform efforts. It will include a list of upcoming meetings.

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  1. Put opt out BACK in RRP

    Or better yet, just eliminate the Total EPA office.

  2. Any time you are dealing with Public Health the government is required to enforce the rules for Public Health.
    If the government opps out of It’s responsibly then our Health will revert to a 3rd World
    existence.
    If the USA wants to have a World economy then the USA needs the best Health in the World

  3. For 7 years (since 2010) we’ve been hustling wildly to keep out of trouble with the EPA and the KS (KDHE) regulations on RRP, and have been fined, anyway. We jump through all the firey hoops and try to maintain what they want us to, and yet they still find a way to fund their program, keep their job of auditing intact, even when we do exactly what they ask. We have all our subs go through training, and certification, and levels and levels of firm and individual certification, and can’t give jobs to great contractors who don’t have these documents. Also handing someone the pre-reno form for small jobs just throws up red lights and they get so nervous over probably nothing, and we’ve also shelled out thousands for approved pretesting by special machinery that comes at a cost mandated by the companies who own this machinery and have the special training. We are NOT protecting our kids from lead poisoning this way, we are essentially running small contracting businesses OUT OF BUSINESS and this really needs to be reevaluated, or dumped all together.

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