Mandates: Sticking with the Knitting: The Feds Keep Those Mandates Coming

By Larmouth, Mary-Margaret; Voinovich, George V. et al. | Nation's Cities Weekly, September 26, 1994 | Go to article overview

Mandates: Sticking with the Knitting: The Feds Keep Those Mandates Coming


Larmouth, Mary-Margaret, Voinovich, George V., Franke, Randall, Ashe, Victor, McCarthy, Karen, James, Sharpe, Nation's Cities Weekly


Despite growing support on Capitol Hill and in the administration for relief from unfunded federal mandates, there has been no slowdown in the number of regulations promulgated by federal departments or agencies affecting states and local governments. More than 500 regulations that could impose unfunded mandates upon local governments are currently under consideration by the federal government.

The Semi-Annual Unified Regulatory Agenda is published each April and October and lists regulatory activities planned for development throughout the Federal Government for the twelve months following the date of publication. In accordance with President Clinton's Executive Order 12875, entitled "Enhancing the Intergovernmental Partnership," a separate list of regulations that federal departments and agencies believe will impose direct costs upon local governments is included.

A small sample of the 517 regulations currently under development listed in April's report appears on this page. The most recent list of planned regulatory activities can be found in the Unified Regulatory Agenda, published in the April 25, 1994 issue of the Federal Register (Vol. 59, No. 79). Member cities interested in a copy of the entire list of regulations and who do not have access to the Federal Register should contact Mary-Margaret Larmouth at (202) 626-3020.

A Drop In The Regulatory Bucket?

Following is a small sample from among the more than 500 proposed regulatory actions that would impact local governments. This list is taken from the April 1994 Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda.

* Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services; Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities; Accessibility Standards (RIN: 1190-AA26)

* Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines For Buildings and Facilities, State and Local Government Facilities (RIN: 3014-AA13; FR Cite 57:60612)

* The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (RIN: 1215-AA82; FR Cite 58:13394, 58:31794, 58:45433)

* Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (RIN: 1218-AB24)

* Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing (RIN: 2125- AC85; FR Cite 57:59516, 59:7484)

* Lead-Based Paint Activities Rules; Training, Accreditation and Certification Rule and Model State Plan Rule (RIN: 2070- AC64)

* Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge (Round II) (RIN: 2040-AC25)

* Criteria and Standards Reflecting Best Technology Available (BTA) for Cooling Water Intake structures Under Section 316(B) of the Clean Water Act (RIN: 2040-AC34)

* NPDES Wastewater Permit Application Forms and Regulatory Revisions For Municipal Discharges and Sewage Sludge Use or Disposal (RIN: 2040-AB39)

* Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control Policy (RIN: 2040-AC17)

* National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper (Revision) (RIN: 2040-AC27)

* National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Groundwater Disinfection (RIN: 2040-AA97)

* National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: 25 Contaminants From Drinking Water Priority List (Phase VIA) - Disinfection Byproducts Rule and Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule (RIN: 2040-AB82)

* National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: 25 Contaminants From Drinking Water Priority List (Phase VIB) - Inorganic and Organic Contaminants (RIN: 2040-AC22)

* Underground Storage Tanks Containing Hazardous Substances --Financial Responsibility Requirements (RIN: 2050 -AC15; FR Cite 53:3818)

* Underground Storage Tanks Containing Petroleum; Financial Responsibility Requirements; Compliance Date To 1998 For Facilities Meeting Certain Federal Criteria (RIN: 2050-AD44; FR Cite 59:9604)

* NSPS: Municipal Waste Combustion-Phase II and Phase III (RIN: 2060-AD00)

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