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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AH15 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Benefits and Costs in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Rulemaking Process 

The EPA is developing regulatory language to improve consistency, reliability, and transparency of its treatment of costs and benefits related to Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations. This action would provide the public with a better understanding on how EPA is estimating benefits and cost when developing Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulatory actions and allow the public to provide better feedback to EPA on potential future proposed rules.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6912(a)(1)    5 U.S.C. 301   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need: This regulation aims to codify best practices to be used by EPA when preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) associated with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act regulations. By following these best practices, EPA will provide the public with transparent and consistent information regarding regulatory efforts.

Summary of the Legal Basis: This action is authorized under the housekeeping authority provided by the Federal Housekeeping Statute, and by the general RCRA authority for EPA to prescribe regulations as necessary to carry out the Agency's functions under the statute.

Alternatives: Instead of a regulation, EPA could utilize guidance documents to promote the best practices for BCA.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits: The proposed rule will be a procedural rule, which only impacts internal EPA operations. There are no anticipated monetary costs or benefits.

Risks: There are no anticipated risks associated with this action.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2021 
Final Rule  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Melissa Kaps
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5304P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-6787