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National Marine Fisheries Service Publishes Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations

On June 20, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce (NMFS) published its plan to periodically review seventy-six existing regulations. Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to review existing rules to determine whether they should be revised or rescinded in order to minimize significant economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities, consistent with the objectives of other applicable statutes.  By December 31, 2013, NMFS will review all such rules issued between 2005 and 2006. In deciding whether change is necessary, NMFS will consider: 1) whether the rule is still needed; 2) what type of complaints or comments have been received concerning the rule from the public; 3) the complexity of the rule; 4) how much the rule overlaps, duplicates or conflicts with other Federal rules, and, to the extent feasible, with State and local governmental rules; and 5) how long it has been since the rule has been evaluated or how much the technology, economic conditions, or other factors have changed in the area affected by the rule. Comments are due on July 22, 2013.

  • Proposed rule from the Federal Register:  78 Federal Register 37186, Thursday, June 20, 2013
  • Advocacy contact: Jennifer Smith at 202-205-6943
  • Comments to the NOAA may be submitted electronically at www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0160.  Comments by mail should be submitted to Wendy Morrision, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (mark outside of envelope “Comments on 610 review.”  Comments may also be faxed to 301-713-1193; Attn: Wendy Morrison.