(Article reprinted from ACWA Weekly Wrap Vol. IX, Issue 2, Week of January 8, 2018; author Julian Gonzalez)

EPA has a new webpage titled EPA Deregulatory Actions, the goal of which is “an effort to provide the public the most up-to-date information on agency implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13771.” EO 13771, titled Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs, directs agencies to repeal at least two existing regulations for each new regulation issued in FY 2017 and thereafter, and also directs agencies that the “total incremental costs of all regulations should be no greater than zero” in FY 2017.

The page contains 2 tables:

  • one listing deregulatory actions currently in development, and
  • one listing completed deregulatory actions

As expected, the notable water-related actions in the first chart are the “recodification of pre-existing rules” proposed rule setting the definition of WOTUS to what it was prior to Rapanos, and the proposed rule adding an applicability date/delaying the 2015 WOTUS rule.