Businesses Have Spoken: EPA Is in the Way

Date: April 18, 2017

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The Trump administration has already tackled some of the bigger regulations adopted by his predecessor, but more reform could be on the way. According to the Washington Post, the administration has signaled it is interested in implementing most of the 168 comments received after the Commerce Department solicited advice on how to ease permitting.


Business leaders from around the country, including NFIB, offered guidance on specific rules and regulations they’d like to see updated or repealed altogether.

During the survey period, the EPA was by far the biggest target, with 79 comments targeted towards it. The Department of Labor was the second most mentioned with 38 comments, followed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with 15 comments.

NFIB suggested several changes for the administration to tackle, such as designating the Commerce Department as the agency to review pipelines and border crossing projects instead of the State Department and an OSHA policy that allows representatives of outside unions to tour nonunion shops with OSHA inspectors.

NFIB has been encouraged by the recent action taken by the Trump administration to curtail burdensome regulations, like the executive order calling on the EPA to rethink or repeal the WOTUS rule, and the executive order that began dismantling the Clean Power Plan. But if Congress isn’t able to tackle some of the other major issues, that could hamper optimism.

“The April data (due out in May) will tell us much more about how small business owners are processing the events in Washington,” said NFIB president and CEO Juanita Duggan. “We know they have struggled under Obamacare, and that taxes are a major concern. Congress’s failure to keep its promises could dampen optimism, and that would ripple through the economy.”



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