EPA announced February 18, 2011, that it will seek public comments on the development of a plan that will guide EPA’s retrospective reviews of agency regulations. The review is the agency’s response to President Barack Obama’s (D) January 18 Executive Order (EO) 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.”

EO 13563 directs federal agencies to consider “how best to promote retrospective analysis of rules that may be outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.” Specifically, the EO calls on every agency to develop “a preliminary plan, consistent with law and its resources and regulatory priorities, under which the agency will periodically review its existing significant regulations to determine whether such regulations should be modified, streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the agency’s regulatory program more effective and/or less burdensome in achieving its regulatory objectives.”

EPA will accept public comments about the plan’s design through March 20, and the agency will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 14 and other listening sessions throughout the country to receive public input. In May, EPA will provide the public with its plan for retrospective review and a list of regulations to be reviewed. See EPA Press Release, February 18, 2011.