In keeping with the Trump Administration’s stated intention to slice through red tape to benefit businesses, the Department of Transportation issued a notification of regulatory review on Oct. 2.

In its notice of the action, published in the Federal Register, DOT stated that it is “reviewing its existing regulations and other agency actions to evaluate their continued necessity, determine whether they are crafted effectively to solve current problems, and evaluate whether they potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources.”

As part of that process, the department is seeking public input on existing rules and other agency actions that are “good candidates for repeal, replacement, suspension, or modification.”

DOT also said that it may hold a public meeting to discuss and consider comments from members of the public.

Comments related to this regulatory review should be submitted on or before Nov. 1. Any comments should be identified by docket number DOT– OST–2017–0069 and submitted by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to and follow the online instructions for submitting comments
  • Fax: 202–493–2251
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001
  • Hand Delivery or Courier: The Docket Management Facility is located on the West Building, Ground Floor, of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Room W12– 140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays

DOT stated that the review is predicated on the department’s position that there “should be no more regulations than necessary, and those regulations should be straightforward, clear, and designed to minimize burdens. Further, DOT regulations and other agency actions should not unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, or otherwise impose significant costs on the siting, permitting, production, utilization, transmission, or delivery of energy resources.”

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