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EPA’s Spring 2022 Regulatory Agenda

Final and proposed rules planned by the EPA for the near and long term.

Posted June 24, 2022

Published on June 21, by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the 2022 Spring Agenda provides important public information about the final and proposed regulatory actions of various federal agencies within the Executive Branch.

As expected we see the agency revisit a number of rules under direction of Executive Order (EO) 13990. Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone, a proposed rule expected in April 2023 is one such action item. Another significant revision includes the Clean Water Act Section 401: Water Quality Certification (proposed rule expected in March 2023, intended to replace the 2020 Rule).

In commitment to the agency’s “PFAS Strategic Roadmap” there were a number of highly anticipated rules surrounding regulation of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

The table below summarizes noteworthy EPA regulatory actions and their stage in the rulemaking process.


Stage of Rulemaking


Final Rules

Revised Definition of Waters of the United States

Final Rule, August 2022

Intended to restore the regulations in place before the 2015 Clean Water Rule and will inform future regulatory and compliance efforts.

Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards

Final Rule, December 2022

Intended to change the heavy-duty emission control program further to reduce the air quality impacts of heavy-duty engines.

National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings Amendments

Final Rule, December 2022

Potential impact on Paint and Coating Manufacturing and Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing industries.

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI); Response to Petition From the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to Add 25 Chemicals

Final Rule, November 2022

This proposal considers a petition to add 25 chemicals to the EPCRA section 313 list of toxic chemicals subject to reporting under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI).

Proposed Rules

Designating PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA Hazardous Substances

Proposed Rule, August 2023

Potential to impact a number of industries including: Carpet and Rug Mills, Paper Mills, Petroleum Refineries, Paint and Coating Manufacturing, Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing, , Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals, Airport Operations, Solid Waste Landfills, Car Washes and Fire Protection Manufacturing.

Multi-Pollutant Emissions Standards for Model Years 2027 and Later Light-Duty and Medium-Duty Vehicles

Proposed Rule, March 2024

Potential impact on Motor and Generator Manufacturing, Automobile Manufacturing, Automobile and Motor Vehicle Merchant Wholesalers and Automotive Repair and Maintenance industries.

This article was written by Mishka Binns of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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