On May 30, 2017, the Department of Energy (“DOE”) published a request for information (“RFI”) soliciting guidance on regulations that should be modified or repealed to reduce burdens and costs. This is part of a government-wide initiative to overhaul the federal government’s regulatory regime, set in motion with an executive order signed by President Trump just after his inauguration. This RFI also comes after President Trump signed an executive order, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth,” which seeks to review all regulatory actions that hamper the domestic production of fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
July 14, 2017 is the deadline for public comment. Specifically, DOE is soliciting:
- “Supporting data or other information such as cost information;” and
- “Specific suggestions regarding repeal, replacement, or modification.”
The RFI includes almost a dozen specific questions. Those questions focus on:
- Factors for prioritization of rules;
- Best practices in data collection, including potential updates to current reporting requirements; and
- Rules that can be easily justified in eliminating “without impairing DOE’s statutory obligations.”
Take this opportunity to highlight rules that merit review and to otherwise ensure your viewpoints are shared with key decision makers. You can influence the regulatory framework for years to come.