As we reported in a previous blog post, President Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” to all federal executive departments and agencies implementing a regulatory freeze on new and pending regulations. This post provides some further information and insight into the freeze and the specific impacts it has had and will have on final and proposed environmental, health, safety, and pipeline regulations.
Technically speaking, the directive is not an executive order and does not have the effect of law. Thus, federal agencies are left with considerable discretion regarding how to implement it. The directive was issued with the intent of