EPA releases 2018 Fall Unified Agenda

Agency looks to publish several final rules within the next year

Posted October 22, 2018

On October 17, EPA released its 2018 Fall Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The semi-annual Agenda provides an advanced showing of upcoming federal regulatory actions.

A few of EPA’s noteworthy listings for upcoming rulemakings include the following:

Rule Purpose Timetable
Revised Definition of "Waters of the United States" To reevaluate and revise the definition of “waters of the United States.” Proposed rule: 10/2018
National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper To strengthen public health protections from lead exposures from leaded plumbing materials. Proposed rule: 2/2019
Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Reconsideration of Amendments To finalize amendments to the Risk Management Program. Final rule: 1/2019
Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals To improve the management and disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and clarify regulations for reverse distribution. Final rule: 10/2018
Increasing Recycling: Adding Aerosol Cans to the Universal Waste Regulations To add aerosol cans to the list of federally regulated universal wastes. Final rule: 9/2019
The Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks To amend the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standards for passenger cars and light trucks and establish new standards, all covering model years 2021 through 2026. Final rule: 3/2019
Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units To withdraw the Clean Power Plan on grounds that it exceeds the statutory authority provided under section 111 of the Clean Air Act. Final rule: 3/2019
Review of Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and the Definition of Lead-Based Paint To update regulatory dust-lead hazard standards for target housing and Child Occupied Facilities, and the definition of lead-based paint for non-target housing. Final rule: 6/2019

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