API Comment on BLM Suspension of 2016 Waste Prevention Rule
BLM has the authority to delay or suspend provisions of the 2016 Rule, and BLM may take this action pursuant to notice-and-comment rulemaking procedures under the APA and principles of administrative law. Because the 2016 Rule promulgates an air emissions control regime that is beyond the BLM’s authority under the MLA, impermissibly alters longstanding principles defining the concepts of waste and avoidable loss, and is based on a fundamentally flawed evaluation of the 2016 Rule’s costs and benefits, BLM’s proposed delay and suspension of the rule is appropriate so that the agency can determine whether revisions are necessary, as well as to avoid imposing compliance costs on both industry and BLM during that review for requirements that may be substantially revised or eliminated.
See API's comments below.
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