On February 24, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing that each federal agency create a task force to identify and recommend changes to unnecessary, burdensome, and harmful rules. The order is the latest in administration’s push to unwind regulations across the executive branch. The President also previously signed an executive order that would require agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they finalize.
According to the President, excessive regulations are eliminating jobs, and driving companies out of America like never before. The Presidential Executive Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda directs each agency to establish a regulatory reform task force, which will ensure that every agency has a team of dedicated people to research all regulations that are unnecessary, burdensome and harmful to the economy.
In the early days of the Trump administration, much of that regulatory repeal effort has focused on energy and environment issues, including the signing of a Congressional Review Act resolution to nullify the Obama-era Stream Protection Rule, which updates regulations for runoff from open pit mining operations. While these executive orders are welcomed by states, manufacturers and businesses, they are met with increasing criticism from environmental groups. However, review does not mean repeal, and President Trump claims that and environmental regulations on certain activities will likely remain in place, as his main objective is the revision of “repetitive regulations that hurt companies, hurt jobs, and make American producers uncompetitive overseas.”
The Trump administration is preparing a series of executive orders that would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to rework two of its most controversial regulations — its Clean Power Plan and “Waters of the United States” rulemaking. The two regulations have been a target of Trump throughout his campaign, and under the “America First Energy Plan,” President Trump has committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule.