Lisa Heinzerling Comments on Environmental Regulation Reviews

Former Skadden Fellow Lisa Heinzerling (’89) was quoted in a New York Times article about a promise by President Obama’s nominee to direct the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to shorten the duration of its regulatory review process (“Regulatory Nominee Vows to Speed Up Energy Reviews,” June 12). The article focused on the exorbitant length of time the agency spent reviewing energy efficiency rules proposed by the Energy Department. Lisa, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former top Environmental Protection Agency official, has called demands for detailed analysis of environmental regulations a “game of Whac-A-Mole: every time the agency meets one demand for a piece of information about the costs or benefits of a rule, it finds itself met with a new and different demand.”