May 2017

NACo Makes Recommendations to EPA on Regulatory Reform Efforts

By Julie A. Ufner
      NACo Associate Legislative Director—Environment, Energy and Land Use

 

On May 15, NACo, along with local government partners including the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), sent a joint letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) 13777 “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agency.”

Through EO 13777, federal agencies are required to assess and identify federal regulations that eliminate jobs, are costly to implement, or are outdated and/or consistent with other federal laws. In April, as a part of this effort, EPA opened the public comment period to solicit comments from outside stakeholders.

Within the intergovernmental partnership, local governments are principally responsible for providing services, solving day-to-day public problems, and responding directly to the needs of citizens. The letter emphasized the role that local governments play in environmental programs as co-regulators and highlighted why, given counties’ important role, it is important for the federal government to collaborate on pending rules and regulations.

Specifically, the letter addresses ...

  • Wastewater and Stormwater mandates, 
  • Blending and bypass, and secondary treatment,
  • Waters of the US (WOTUS),

among other issues.

View Letter

The letter also laid out numerous suggestions for how we as a nation can further strengthen the regulatory process and provide greater local regulatory flexibility.

 

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