Quick action by the Obama Administration

In a memo issued by new White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, President Obama tells agency and department heads that :

“…no proposed or final regulation should be sent to the Office of Federal Register for publication unless and until it has been reviewed and approved by a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2009, or in the case of the Department of Defense, the Secretary of Defense.”

The memo also orders the withdrawal of all final or proposed regulations not yet published by the Federal Register. Department and agency heads have also been asked to “consider extending for 60 days the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect”.

This would affect EPA’s proposed exemption of milk containers from the SPCC regulations.

See Washington Post article for more details.

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