Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Senators White, Musto Ask DEP To Release Regulations

Senators Mary Jo White (R-Venango) and Ray Musto (D-Luzerne), the Majority and Minority Chairs of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, requested Acting DEP Secretary John Hanger to release for Committee review four regulations so it will have time to consider the rules before the Senate adjourns for the year.
The rules are the:Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards (7-421), Hazardous Waste Amendments (7-409), Diesel Vehicle Idling (7-422) and Clean Air Interstate Rule - Repeal.
During her confirmation hearing last year, former Secretary Kathleen McGinty pledged that, whenever possible, the Department would submit final form regulations to the standing committees in a manner that ensured the committees had the maximum time available to utilize its options under the Regulatory Review Act.
The Department has been reminded of this assurance several times in recent months. We are therefore extremely disappointed in the delay in submitting these regulations to the committee, which appears intended to limit or bypass the options available to the legislature. (click here for more)

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