New regs for Monday: Trump delays environmental, labor rules

New regs for Monday: Trump delays environmental, labor rules

President Trump’s regulatory moratorium slows down a handful of environmental and labor protections in Monday’s edition of the Federal Register.

Here’s what is happening:

Climate: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is further delaying five Obama-era regulations to comply with Trump’s regulatory moratorium.

The EPA regulations address air quality guidelines, formaldehyde emissions stemming from composite wood products, and pesticide regulations, among other rules.

The EPA originally delayed the rules to March 21, but is extending the delay until May 22.

Water: The EPA is also considering new benchmarks that would limit the amount of lead in drinking water.

The agency is seeking public comment on which experts should participate in a report on establishing “health-based benchmarks for lead in drinking water.”

This report could lead to future rulemaking.

The public has 30 days to comment.

Workplace: The Department of Labor (DOL) is again delaying an Obama-era workplace safety regulation.

The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publish new workplace limits on exposure to beryllium on Jan. 9, but delayed the rule to March 21 to comply with Trump’s regulatory moratorium.

OSHA announced Friday it is further delaying the rule, which is now scheduled to go into effect on May 20.