EPA Proposes to Significantly Streamline Its Permit Review Process
EPA recently announced its proposal to significantly streamline its permit review process and curtail the authority of the agency’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). The proposed procedural rule would apply to permits issued under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Nothing in this proposal would affect the EAB’s adjudication of enforcement appeals.
EPA will have a thirty-day comment period to receive feedback on all aspects of its proposed reforms. Companies and their trade associations should use this opportunity to share both their thoughts on EPA’s proposed changes and their experiences with EAB’s role in the permitting process.
To read how EPA's proposal would enact eight reforms to the EAB's permit review process, click here.