Institute for Policy Integrity

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  • Public Comments

    Comments to the Department of Energy on Regulatory Burden

    July 10, 2017

    Following an Executive Order on reducing federal regulatory burden, the Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting the public’s suggestions for rules to repeal or reform. In our comments to DOE’s request for information, we argue that regulatory review should consider the public benefits of regulation, not just the costs to regulated industries.

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  • Public Comments

    Public Comments on Regulatory Review (HUD, MCSAC, FMC, NOAA, Coast Guard)

    July 7, 2017

    Many federal agencies are requesting the public’s suggestions for rules to repeal or reform, tacitly implying that most regulations stifle economic growth. In comments to several agencies, we argue that regulatory review should consider the public benefits of regulation, not just the costs to regulated industries, and should prioritize review of rules for which actual costs and benefits diverge significantly from predicted costs and benefits.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Issue a Second Stay of the Effluent Rule

    July 6, 2017

    Policy Integrity has filed comments opposing EPA’s proposal to issue a second stay of the compliance deadlines in the Effluent Rule—a rule that regulates toxic metal discharges from power plants. As we explained in our comments to EPA, EPA has no legal authority for the proposed stay. In addition, EPA failed to provide a reasoned explanation for the stay because it ignored the impact that the stay will have on the benefits of the Effluent Rule.

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  • News

    Senate Regulatory Reform Bills

    June 1, 2017

    Several bills that recently won Senate committee approval could have devastating impacts on the efficiency and effectiveness of government. Our new fact sheets describe the dangers of these bills.

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  • Public Comments

    Comments on EPA’s Proposal to Further Delay the Amendments to the Risk Management Program

    May 19, 2017

    We recently submitted comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to delay the effective date of EPA’s amendments to the Risk Management Program for twenty more months and to put off the compliance deadlines indefinitely. The original rule was issued under section 112®(7)(A) of the Clean Air Act and updated chemical accident prevention rules at manufacturing plants, after a fatal explosion at a fertilizer plant in West Texas.

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  • Resources on Congressional Regulatory Bills

    May 15, 2017

    The House of Representatives has passed several bills that could have devastating effects on the federal regulatory process. To help journalists and policymakers understand the potential impact of some bills currently moving through Congress, we recently published a series of fact sheets.

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  • Public Comments

    Public Comments to OIRA on Regulatory Review Guidance

    February 10, 2017

    President Trump’s recent Executive Order on reducing regulation directed agencies to identify two existing regulations to repeal when issuing a new regulation, and to offset all incremental costs of new regulations. On February 2, 2017, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released interim guidance on how it plans to implement the Executive Order, and we submitted comments on the guidance.

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  • News

    Revesz Named One of Most Influential Legal Educators

    January 21, 2016

    The National Jurist has named Richard Revesz to its list of the 25 “Most Influential People in Legal Education.”

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  • Public Comments

    Payday Lending Public Comments

    December 7, 2015

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is currently developing regulations that could protect millions of lower-income Americans from predatory payday lenders. We submitted public comments on the agency’s regulatory approach.

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  • News

    Supreme Court Sends EPA’s Mercury Rule Back to Circuit Court for Additional Review

    June 29, 2015

    Today, the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not consider costs at the appropriate stage of the regulatory process before crafting the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. This rule, which regulates toxic emissions from power plants, will now be sent back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where the judges will decide how the EPA should proceed.

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