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Lawyers See Blunted Impact from Trump’s Executive Orders

Oct. 11, 2019, 10:01 AM

Environmental law experts are still grappling with the implications of a pair of executive orders aimed at revamping how agencies use informal documents while regulating.

President Donald Trump signed the two orders Oct. 9, promising protection from “out-of-control bureaucracy.” One of Trump’s new orders requires agencies to review all guidance documents, rescind any they find “should no longer be in effect,” and post the remaining ones online. The second blocks agencies from enforcing rules or interpretations they haven’t publicized.

But the directives include a variety of exceptions and disclaimers that could blunt their effects on the ground.

“The exceptions and...

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