Environmental, Other Regulations Under Scrutiny

Washington, D.C., December 20, 2002—From energy conservation standards for washing machines to labels on genetically modified food, many federal regulations are coming under scrutiny from the Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory division.  Earlier this year, OMB solicited public comments on which rules should be changed or rescinded.  The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market public interest group, made several recommendations that are included in an OMB report released this week.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />


“Federal agencies are geared to churning out regulations, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good ones, such as the new regulations for clothes washers which will cost consumers more and not do much to really conserve energy in the long run,” said Ben Lieberman, senior policy analyst and associate counsel at CEI.  “It’s very beneficial for OMB to step back and scrutinize these regulations.”


The recommendations in the OMB report will be sent to the appropriate federal agencies for further review.  The report, and CEI’s comments, are available online.  For analysis of federal regulations and comments on the report, turn to the experts at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Regulatory Experts Available for Interviews

Ben Lieberman

Senior Policy Analyst

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Gregory Conko

Director of Food Safety Policy

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Angela Logomasini

Director of Risk & Environmental Policy

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Fred L. Smith

President and Founder

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