On May 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comments.
The RFI was in response to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order (EO) No. 13771 (“Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs”) issued on January 30, 2017, and on Executive Order No. 13777 (“Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”), issued by President Trump on February 24, 2017.
The specific issue concerning DOE regulations, or portions thereof were to focus on “outdated, ineffective, or excessively burdensome” and, therefore under the Executive Orders are “appropriate for repeal, replacement or modification.”
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EO 13777 provided that, “Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens placed on the American people.”
Section 3 provided that, “(d) Each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall evaluate existing regulations … and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement or modification, consistent with applicable law. At a minimum, each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall attempt to identify regulations that: (i) eliminate jobs or inhibit job creation; (ii) are outdated, unnecessary or ineffective; (iii) impose burdens that exceed benefits; (iv) create a serious inconsistency, or otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies; (v) are inconsistent with the requirements of [the] Information Quality Act; [or] (vi) “derive from or implement Executive Orders or other Presidential directives that have been subsequently rescinded or substantially modified.”
The RFI also noted that, “(e) In performing the evaluation described in subsection (d) of this section, each Regulatory Reform Task Force shall seek input and other assistance, as permitted by law, from entities significantly affected by federal regulations, including … small businesses … and trade associations.”
As of midnight, 6.13.2017, only 16 responses had been officially noted on the Regulations website.
That doesn’t mean that there won’t be many received and posted later, after the comments period closed at 11:59 PM, July 14 — last night.
“Given that there were so few comments, MHProNews opted to delay any more notices and publication about this DOE RFI,” said publisher L. A. “Tony” Kovach. “We didn’t want to inadvertently cause some party that might be in love with more federal energy regulations, not less, being made aware of the RFI, and posting comments that might prove harmful to the industry and its consumers.”
The comments by MHProNews’ publisher, delivered both by email and electronically on the DOE RFI webpage, are linked here. MHARR informs the Daily Business News that they will be publishing the copy of their submission, which they state included numerous attachments and supporting documents, and was delivered via FedEx. No word heard from MHI. ##
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Submitted by Soheyla Kovach to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.com.