OMB will review EPA mining pollution guidance

April 4, 2011 by Ken Ward Jr.

Well, Friday’s self-imposed deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize its water pollution guidance for Appalachian coal-mining operations came and went … and EPA made no public announcements of its plans.

Not until Saturday did EPA sent me their statement explaining the move:

Last year, EPA issued interim mountaintop mining guidance to clarify existing requirements under the law and relying on the best available science to protect clean waters in Appalachia. As we announced at the time, we are improving the guidance based on its implementation over the past year, our review of thousands of public comments and scientific reviews conducted by EPA’s Office of Research and Development and independent scientists. The Office of Management and Budget will conduct an interagency review process before final guidance is issued later this Spring.

Stay tuned …

One Response to “OMB will review EPA mining pollution guidance”

  1. rhmooney3 says:

    OMB regulatory reviews can be “black holes.”

    The process is definitely non-transparent…and very political.

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/inforeg_regmatters

    Also, it is worth noting that EPA does not have a good track record on following up to make sure its imposed permit conditions/requirements are actually fulfilled.

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