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White House Order Curbs EPA Authority for Guidance Policies

10:56 AM MDT | July 27, 2007 | Kara Sissell

The Bush administration has issued an executive order that gives the White House more influence over how federal agencies draft and disseminate guidance documents, sources say. Federal agencies often use guidance documents to expedite certain policy changes, or to clear up confusion that can arise during the compliance phase of a new rule. Dudley: Her policies may precede her. ACC and other business groups say EPA’s guidance documents, while technically considered “advice,” have the weight of a de facto rulemaking. The executive order requires...

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