Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
Aug. 8 — Any tinkering with the organization and structure of the Environmental Protection Agency will effectively require congressional approval, a senior agency official said.
Laura Vaught, associate administrator for EPA’s Office of Policy, said in a letter obtained through the Freedom of Information of Act that the agency would have to conduct an “internal and external review process” if it opted to pursue revamping the structure of the agency's existing 10 regional offices. There are no current proposals to restructure the regional offices in the agency.
“The review would examine resource implications, the resulting organizational structure, and employee impacts,” she wrote. “For a reorganization of this magnitude, the agency would also seek congressional approval prior to it being implemented.”
Vaught's letter responds to a January 2016 request from Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) for information on what actions would be necessary for an agency restructuring. He said his constituents reported that “there are some discrepancies in how rules and regulations are carried out” among regions.
The response also said “EPA regional offices participate in the development of the rules” and supporting documents, such as fact sheets and frequently asked question documents, that help ensure consistency in implementing regulations.
Though there are no current plans to tinker with the agency's regional offices, some Republicans have pledged to deliver more fundamental changes to the EPA. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, for example, promised to “get rid of [the EPA] in almost every form” during a March 2016 debate.
To contact the reporter on this story: Anthony Adragna in Washington at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at firstname.lastname@example.org
Vaught's response and McKinley's original letter is available at http://src.bna.com/hwE.
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)