Friday, February 28, 2020

EPA Guidance Portal – 2-28-20

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register (85 FR 11986-11987) announcing the establishment of the EPA Guidance Portal (Not yet in service as of 8:45 EST 2-28-20). The Portal was established in accordance with EO 13891, Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents. The announcement states that the Portal should be available today, but as of this writing it is no online.

The Portal will have the following information available about each active guidance document:

• A concise name for the guidance document;
• The date on which the guidance document was issued;
• The date on which the guidance document was posted to the web portal
• An agency unique identifier;
• A hyperlink to the guidance document;
• The general topic addressed by the guidance document; and
• A summary of the guidance document's content.

The notice states the EPA’s intent to keep this Portal current, but it does not explain how changes to the information will be made public.

Other agencies are also supposed to be establishing similar public access to guidance documents.

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