Never fear, good people: Carbon emissions aren't the only item on the EPA's agenda

Legally, the executive administration is required to release a unified regulatory agenda twice a year, in order to provide the American people with an advance and accurate picture of what will probably be costly and disruptive future regulations the government will be working to enact. Usually, the administration obliges with these road maps in April and then in October — but this is the Obama administration we’re talking about here, and they pretty much do what they want, when they want. After completely skipping the lawfully required spring regulatory agenda last year (election, cough), they finally did produce one agenda for 2012 — in December. The afternoon before everybody got out of town for Christmas.

This time, the Obama administration has been so magnanimous as to actually put together a spring regulatory agenda — which they released on July 3rd, the day before the federal Fourth of July holiday. …Is anybody else sense a pattern here?

Anyhow, the Environmental Protection Agency is one of the worst offenders when it comes to handing down top-heavy, ideologically driven, economically costly regulations on the regular, and President Obama’s big climate-change address in June — about deploying his executive powers to allow the EPA to regulate carbon emissions in new and existing power plants — is only one of a number of brand-new measures with which the EPA will be busying itself. What will they think up next?

The new regulations, previewed in the administration’s spring regulatory roadmap released this week, cover everything from pollution runoff from military ships to landfill methane emissions, and in some cases will be issued long after called for under the law.

This September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to propose rules for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, and next June will issue draft rules for existing facilities. …

The EPA is also looking to regulate the pollution discharges from military ships, including drainage from onboard photography labs, deck runoff from rain and seawater and foam used to fight fires onboard. …

Other rules planned to be proposed in coming months would regulate new refrigerants used in automobile air conditioners, update 29-year-old standards for grain elevators and renew an effort to change disposals of pharmaceuticals that are considered hazardous waste. …

Outside analysts and business groups have criticized the delay as a problematic habit that shields regulatory action from public scrutiny.

Because, Most Transparent Admin… oh, forget it.