NTAA has published a Policy Resource Kit on EPA’s proposed rule titled, “Increasing Consistency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Clean Air Act Rulemaking Process.”
EPA has been seeking input on whether and how to set national standards agency-wide for how costs and benefits are calculated when EPA performs economic analyses of the impacts of their actions. These analyses are known as Benefit-Cost Analyses, or BCA. The ANPRM was related to EO 13777, which seeks to reduce regulations. The current proposed rule is the next step in the rulemaking process, and applies specifically to BCA for future regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA), as opposed to agency-wide.
The Proposed Rule includes three elements:
- EPA shall prepare a BCA for all future significant regulations under the CAA
- BCAs are to be developed using the best available scientific information in accordance with best practices from the economic, engineering, physical, and biological sciences
- Additional procedural requirements in the presentation of the BCA results, while maintaining the standard practices of measuring net benefits consistent with EO 12866
This proposal was published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2020. This proposed rule applies specifically to Benefit/Cost Analyses (BCA) for future regulations under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The deadline for comments being July 27, 2020. Comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2020-00044 and should be submitted online at https://www.regulations.gov/.
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