EPA finalizes first ever rule to promote transparency in developing regulatory guidance documents


Improved transparency at the EPA—Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford calls it “great news.”

He commented after Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced this week the final rule to establish consistent requirements and procedures for the issuance of guidance documents.

“This change might seem minor to some, but if you have ever had to decode a guidance document that seems like a regulation you know all too well how important this is for Oklahoma small businesses who don’t have legal teams to do it for them, “said the Senator. “I will continue to push Congress to pass the Guidance Clarity Act, which would clarify in law that federal agency guidance documents are not law.”


“Today’s action is perhaps the biggest change in administrative procedures in a generation and one of the five pillars of EPA reform under President Trump,” said Wheeler. “This historic rule guarantees the transparency the public deserves when engaging with the agency. This is a massive step forward for EPA bringing these legal documents into the light.”

Source: Sen. Lankford release

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