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Office of Water Listening Session Results in Wide Range of Input

As part of its regulatory review effort for Executive Order 13777, EPA is seeking public input on existing regulations that could be repealed, replaced or modified to make them less burdensome.  EPA’s Office of Water held a public listening session on Tuesday, May 2nd that resulted in a wide range of input.  Many commenters wanted no regulations to be repealed and focused on continued protection of public health and the environment.  Some commenters warned that the agency’s four-week timeline for public input is too short and that even minor changes to water policy could have serious unintended consequences.   Other commenters provided a different perspective by providing input on how compliance with the regulations was an economic burden for their constituency.
ASDWA is in the process of developing comments that recommend EPA consider some minor regulatory revisions without recommending that any regulations be repealed.  If an ASDWA member wants to submit their own comments, EPA will be accepting written public comments through May 15, 2017, at docket EPA-HQ-OA-2017-0190.