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E-M:/ Sen Levin and Regulatory Reform

Enviro-Mich message from asagady@sojourn.com

          Senate Governmental Affairs Cmte. Chair Fred Thompson (R-TN)
     and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) are circulating a draft regulatory
     reform bill to industry and environmental groups, with the goal
     of introducing the bill by 7/4, sources said.  
          One source said that the draft bill would require agencies
     to conduct cost-benefit and risk analyses on all new
     environmental and health regulations.  But the senators have
     limited judicial-review language to prevent the possibility that
     courts could overrule existing regulations.  
          Business groups are meeting with Thompson tomorrow to
     discuss the draft, while environmental groups have been asked to
     respond to Levin by 6/24.  Any reg-reform measure "faces lukewarm
     support in the business community," where many believe a bill
     cannot be passed that would satisfy their concerns.  Most enviro
     groups also oppose reg-reform, saying it isn't needed.  Efforts
     to pass reg-reform in the 104th Congress failed.  
          This year, the debate over reg-reform will take place
     against the backdrop of the US EPA's proposed clean-air
     standards, "which have drawn bipartisan opposition"
     (CongressDaily/A.M., 6/19).

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