Obama Admin. Unleashes 300 Regulations In The First Week Of 2015

by Michael Bastasch  |  published on January 8, 2015

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This year is already seeing a wave of new regulations being published in the Federal Register as the Obama administration unveils 300 new rules in the first seven days of 2015, according to federal data.

Federal agencies have published 300 final rules, proposals for new rules and regulatory notices in the seven days since the new year began, according to the website Regulations.gov. The bulk of these new regulations are notices, which can lead to rulemakings, meetings and other government activities.

Rules having to do with energy, environment, public lands and agriculture make up the largest share of new regulations. Included in these new rules are proposed EPA air quality standards for lead, reforming coal and oil leases on Indian lands and adjustments for the total amount of fish people can catch off Alaska’s coast.

One major rule that has not been finalized yet, however, is the EPA’s carbon dioxide emissions limits for new power plants. The rule was set to be finalized by Thursday, but the agency announced Wednesday it would be pushed back until mid-summer 2015.

“This is all about the best policy outcome, and the appropriate policy outcome,” Janet McCabe, EPA’s acting clean air administrator, told reporters on Wednesday. “That is what we are talking about here, and that is why we think it is important to finalize these rules in the same time frame.”

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