All stakeholders have a right to a fair, open and transparent rule-making that respects the proper role of the states and the intent of Congess. Over the past seven years there have been excessive and unlawful regulations issued by federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that would impose unprecedented costs on American industries. Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a regulatory reform bill. It is now time for the U.S. Senate to take action. S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), is bipartisan legislation that would modernize the rule-making process so that agencies would have to implement laws as Congress intended and requires the agencies to get the rules right. Click here for more information.
ARA is working with a broad coalition of other impacted stakeholders to prevent excessive expansion of federal regulations such as EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP), the current Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, remove duplicative permit requirements, delay and amend the new Worker Protection Rule (WPS), pull back and reform the new Certification & Training Applicator rules, and resetting the process, science, transparency and predictability to the registration and review of pesticides.
Tell your U.S. Senators that regulatory reform is needed NOW! The primary statutory authority governing the rulemaking process, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), is over 70 years old and was enacted before many Federal regulatory agencies even existed. The nation needs a regulatory process that fosters transparency, enhances public participation, imposes accountability in agency decision making, and ensures that agencies follow Congressional intent. Please act today and tell your Senators to support S. 951!
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