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  •  This is how I understand the process.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos

    you are correct in saying the regulation is not finalized..

    An agency issues a new proposed regulation. As you said in another comment, there's an open public comment period. Agencies can and do consider new data, options, and public comments b/4 they finalize the regulation.

    But I don't believe a regulation has to pass congress? So if the Obama Administration and the EPA want this new regulation, there's a very good chance it will be finalized.

    True, the oil companies don't want it but the auto industry and environmental groups do so it has some solid backing

    As a member of Courtesy Kos, I am dedicated to civility and respect for all kossacks, regardless of their opinions, affiliations, or cliques.

    by joedemocrat on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:21:59 AM PDT

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    •  Correct. (1+ / 0-)
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      joedemocrat

      Congress can influence the regulation in the comment period and by oversight.  They can also change the law that gives the agency the ability to propose a certain rule.

      And the courts can get involved as soon as the rule is in place and entities start suing.

      I hope this rule goes through as proposed or close to and soon, but public support would be helpful.  The environmental groups will do their job and make sure it does not get mangled.  The auto industry will need to be watched because they might have an agenda to modify it to their liking.  Not done, but it is moving in the right direction.

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