Truth in Regulating: Restoring Transparency to EPA Rulemaking

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:00am

The current federal regulatory system is already complicated enough.  But when the federal government says it is regulating one thing while it is really regulating something else, it is almost impossible for citizens to understand what they are getting and what they are paying for.  If a business commits such “bait and switch” practices, the business violates federal consumer protection laws.  But “bait and switch” by the government is legal since the government is not held to any clear standards.

This report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reveals that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has obscured critical details about the specific pollutants that certain rules would control, and how much it actually costs.  While EPA has claimed to regulate one or more pollutants at massive cost through its proposed regulations, including the 2012 Mercury and Air Toxics rule (MATS), the agency has failed to tell the public that almost all of the benefits come from purely incidental reductions of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions- not mercury.  This report highlights the need for truth in regulating, to improve transparency and accountability in the rulemaking process.