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Highlight: U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Report on Streamlining Government Permitting and Reducing Unnecessary Regulations on the Domestic Manufacturing Industry

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On October 2, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross released the Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers report that was submitted to President Donald Trump.

The report, which gathered input from domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders, identified 20 sets of regulations and permitting issues as being a top priority for reform and immediate action to begin unleashing of the domestic manufacturing industry.

In releasing the report, Secretary Ross said, “The current onerous and lengthy processes and inadequately designed rules add to an already overwhelming amount of government waste. This report is an important step in correcting the status quo and promoting, instead of shackling, American manufacturing.”

Three major themes were identified by domestic manufacturers and industry stakeholders in the report: overlap, duplication and lack of coordination between states and the Environmental Protection Agency; uncertainty related to the permitting process; and inconsistency in application and enforcement.

Read the report: Streamlining Permitting and Regulatory Burdens for American Manufacturers. (PDF)

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