ProPublica and OMB Watch Shining Light on “Midnight Regs”


A couple weeks ago, I blogged about the “midnight regulations” the Bush Administration is inserting into federal rules such as the one approved yesterday allowing mining companies to dispose of waste into streams and valleys. ProPublica is doing a terrific job shining a light on the midnight regs. Check out their chart here. They are keeping the list updated by adding new rules they discover, including links to news reports on each rule, and tracking each rule through the rulemaking process. Here’s a link to their tip sheet to help individuals ferret out the midnight regs themselves.

OMB Watch has been following the midnight regs too, where they chart out the more controversial rules. Their Regulatory Resource Center is designed to educate citizens on how they can become involved in the regulatory process and to inform the public about the regulatory process.