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Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory Reform

ELR Article

While the nation has made great progress on a number of environmental fronts, the size and cost of the federal environmental regulatory bureaucracy have come under sharp criticism. One alternative policy approach—long available, but...

82 FR 50491

ELR Federal Agency Update

Prevention of Significant Deterioration: A Case for Repeal

ELR Article

The Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program was born 45 years ago from purposivist interpretation of the platitudinal phrase “protect and enhance” contained in the “findings and purposes” section of the 1970 Clean Air Act...

Time to Toss It Out? The “Once In, Always In” Policy for “Major Source” Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards

ELR Article

EPA's recent call for regulatory reform suggestions offers a good opportunity for ending a long-standing regulatory overreach: EPA’s “once in, always in” policy for standards applicable to a major source of hazardous air pollutants...

82 FR 12285

ELR Federal Agency Update

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover: Use of an Analytic Framework and Empirical Data in Analyzing Environmental Policy Tools

ELR Article

What is the most effective mix of policy tools for achieving environmental improvements? Are governments leaving behind the “hard” law of legislation and regulation in favor of “soft” instruments like environmental management systems...