May 17 U.S. industry groups have submitted
hundreds of pages of recommendations to President Donald Trump's
administration in recent weeks, detailing ways they think he
could ease their regulatory burden.
The comments can be found at the following web sites: here
Here is a selection of some of their suggestions:
EDISON ELECTRIC INSTITUTE
* GREENHOUSE GAS REPORTING RULE - Modify the U.S. Clean Air
Act's Greenhouse Gas Reporting rule to create incentives for
carbon capture and storage technology, in which carbon dioxide
emissions are captured and stored underground.
* STACK TESTING - Eliminate redundant stack testing
currently required under parts of the U.S. Clean Air Act.
* ONCE IN-ALWAYS IN - Eliminate a provision of the U.S.
Clean Air Act that requires a major source of emissions to
always be treated as a major source, even if it later adds
technology to reduce those emissions. This change was also
requested by other groups, including the American Fuel &
Petrochemicals Manufacturers and the American Petroleum
AMERICAN FUEL & PETROCHEMICALS MANUFACTURERS
* NEW SOURCE REVIEW - Modify the New Source Review
permitting process required under the U.S. Clean Air Act to
eliminate the need to consider emissions increases from
non-modified affected emission units at a plant, and allow
"project netting" that accounts for emissions reductions
elsewhere at a plant.
* NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS - Review an EPA
decision to tighten ozone standards in a way that would likely
expose more company facilities to tougher Clean Air Act rules.
* RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD - Ensure average mandated ethanol
content in gasoline does not exceed 9.7 percent of projected
IOWA RENEWABLE FUELS ASSOCIATION
* RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD - Ensure EPA continues to boost
the mandated volumes of biofuels in gasoline and other road
AMERICAN CHEMISTRY COUNCIL
* AIR PERMITS: Reduce the burden of air and ozone permitting
regulation to make it easier to greenlight projects.
* EPA TRANSPARENCY: Increase the transparency of the science
EPA relies upon in its rule-making.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS
* NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: "Streamline specific
NSPS and NESHAP regulations to eliminate redundant requirements,
conflicts between rules, and undue complexity, resulting in
practical and understandable regulations without reduced
protection of the environment."
INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
* NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: Review rules seeking to
limit fugitive emissions from oil and gas installations.
* NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS: Like AFPM and
others, IPAA wants a review of planned tightening of ozone
standards that could ramp up regulatory burdens.
* MORE COLLABORATIVE ENFORCEMENT: "EPA needs to thoroughly
review and revise its federal enforcement process. It needs to
create an enforcement program that treats the regulated
community with fairness, respect and dignity."
AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
* NEW SOURCE REVIEW: "There continues to be a need for NSR
reforms that simplify and streamline permitting."
* NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARDS: Review various
aspects of ozone standards and enforcement to ease regulatory
* GREENHOUSE GAS REPORTING RULE - Require less frequent, and
less arduous reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
NATIONAL MINING ASSOCIATION
* NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS: Reconsider aspects of
this regulation, including those requiring a New Source Review
permit for a plant undergoing any modification - "an enormous
additional environmental review process that stifles
modernization and efficiency upgrades."
* FINANCIAL ASSURANCE FOR HARD ROCK MINING: Eliminate EPA
rule that would require an increase in funds available to
reclaim post-mining sites.
* ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Overturn "misuse of the Endangered
Species Act which has put 10 million acres across a few western
states off limits from mining."
(Writing by Richard Valdmanis; Editing by David Gregorio)