Agency Rulemaking Highlights
Revitalizing the Commitment to Environmental Justice
President Biden’s Executive Order 14096 directs a whole-of-government approach to restoring and protecting "an environment that is healthy, sustainable, climate-resilient, and free from harmful pollution." The order calls for implementing and enforcing environmental and civil rights laws, including just and equitable treatment in agency decision-making and activities that affect human health and the environment.
Emission Standards for Coal- and Oil-Fired Utilities
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units. EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on May 9. Comments due June 23.
Clarifying Eligibility for Various Health Insurance Programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule to make several clarifications and update the definitions currently used to determine whether a consumer is eligible to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through an exchange, a Basic Health Program, and for some state Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Programs. Comments due June 23.
Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers
President Biden signed Executive Order 14095 aiming to address affordability and workforce challenges in the markets for child care and long-term care for persons with disabilities and older adults needing support in their homes.
Standards for Chemical Manufacturing
EPA proposes amendments to the New Source Performance Standards that apply to the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry and Group I and II Polymers and Resins Industries. EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on May 16. Comments due June 26.
Equitable Housing Finance Plans
The Federal Housing Finance Agency seeks comments on a proposed rule that would address barriers to sustainable housing opportunities for underserved communities by adding new requirements related to fair lending, fair housing, and Equitable Housing Finance Plans. Comments due June 26.
Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability
The Department of Housing and Urban Development seeks public input on a notice of proposed rulemaking to implement regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The notice aims to develop advances in accessible design, information and communication technology, and assistive technologies that have become available since the Section 504 regulations were published in 1988. Comments due July 24.
Negative Option Rule
The Federal Trade Commission seeks comments on proposed amendments to its Negative Option Rule which combats unfair or deceptive practices that include recurring charges for products or services consumers do not want and cannot cancel without undue difficulty. Comments due June 23.
Side Underride Guards
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to conduct research on side underride guards to better understand their overall effectiveness and assess the feasibility, benefits, costs, and other impacts of installing side underride guards on trailers and semitrailers. Comments due June 20.