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Feb 17 2017

Pruitt Confirmed -Trump Makes Comment Harkening Back to Ex-Obama EPA Head on Over-Regulation

(Houston) – February 17, 2017

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Scott Pruitt was confirmed today as EPA Administrator.

In other news, President Trump made a comment yesterday on over-regulation eerily similar to a comment made by that of ex-Obama EPA head Gina McCarthy.

President Trump stated, “And I want regulations because I want safety, I want environmental–all environmental situations to be taken properly care of.  It’s very important to me.  But you don’t need four or five or six regulations to take care of the same thing.”

Several years earlier, Gina McCarthy stated in an interview, “I hate that each sector has 17 to 20 rules that govern each piece of equipment and you’ve got to be a neuroscientist to figure it out.”

“It’s interesting when President Trump and Gina McCarthy say the same thing”, said Jed Anderson, a lead attorney at the AL Law Group.  “And I think they are both right.”  “Too many complicated and over-lapping rules.”

Slide12Not only is over-regulation occurring at the Federal level, but it’s also occurring at the State level, see recent article in TexasEnvironmentalNews: “Should TCEQ also cut regulation by 75%?“.  “With the Texas Legislature looking at budget cuts, the opportunity to reduce complicated regulatory burdens at the State level to deliver better environmental performance at less cost to tax payers and businesses has immense possibilities—perhaps equal to that which the new Administration is pursuing at the Federal level,” said Anderson.

Finally, over-compliance is occurring at the individual facility level where these complex rules are being interpreted and implemented.  “My firm has created a proprietary audit tool called “OCELA” to help companies identify these situations, save money, and improve environmental performance.”  “Over-complexity is creating all kinds of opportunities for us to help people simplify their environmental legal compliance strategies.”

A confluence of opportunity is occurring.  Opportunities exist today for businesses to begin seizing these opportunities, decreasing costs, and improving environmental performance.

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