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Trump Administration’s Environmental Regulatory Reform Presents a Unique and Immediate Opportunity

Are your clients subject to burdensome environmental rules?  If so, the time to act is now.  Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator Scott Pruitt has directed EPA to solicit recommendations for the rollback of onerous regulations including air, water, chemicals, and waste programs.  But the window for submitting proposals to EPA is this month

On March 24, 2017, Administrator Pruitt established a Regulatory Reform Task Force charged with recommending existing regulations that can be repealed, replaced, or modified to make them less burdensome.  Administrator Pruitt established the Task Force to implement President Trump’s government-wide February Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Agenda [1] and the January presidential order [2] which directs agencies to identify two regulations for elimination whenever it seeks to promulgate one new rule.

To inform which rules should be repealed, replaced or modified, Administrator Pruitt is giving stakeholders an opportunity to weigh in with the agency. Specifically, Administrator Pruitt has directed various EPA headquarters and regional offices including air, water, chemicals, and waste programs to consult with stakeholders and hold dedicated public meetings to listen and learn directly from those impacted before making recommendations. 

Administrator Pruitt set an ambitious deadline of May 15, 2017, for the program and regional offices to give the Task Force their recommendations on which specific regulations should be considered for repeal, replacement, or modification.

This provides a rare opportunity to influence EPA’s future regulatory agenda.  But the clock is ticking.  Any stakeholder subject to burdensome air, water, hazardous waste, or other environmental regulation should take advantage of this opportunity and consider weighing in with EPA. 


[1] Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/02/24/presidential-executive-order-enforcing-regulatory-reform-agenda.

[2] Presidential Executive Order on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/30/presidential-executive-order-reducing-regulation-and-controlling.

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Cliff L. Rothenstein, KL Gates Law Firm, Public Policy Attorney
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Cliff Rothenstein has more than 30 years of congressional and federal executive experience. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he served as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). In this capacity, Mr. Rothenstein worked on a daily basis with the FHWA Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). During Mr. Rothenstein’s tenure at FHWA, he led the development and advocacy efforts on legislation to reauthorize the nation’s surface transportation law where he played a...

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Ms. Purpuro is a government affairs advisor in the firm’s Public Policy and Law group. She focuses on energy policy.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Purpuro served as senior policy advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. She has more than 10 years experience on Capitol Hill working for Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) as Deputy Chief of Staff, and for Congressman Jim Saxton (R-NJ) and Congressman Bob Davis (R-MI) as Legislative Director.  Ms. Purpuro has advised members of Congress on issues including the environment, energy, tax...

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Kathleen Nicholas is a senior government affairs specialist in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She assists clients on policy issues related to the energy, environment, agriculture, and technology sectors. Ms. Nicholas also manages the D.C. office’s team of government affairs specialists and the Lloyd Meeds Fellowship Program.

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