The Gateway Society of Hazardous Material Managers (GSHMM) held a meeting on September 19, 2017 with a presentation from the executive director of the Regulatory Environmental Group of Missouri (REGFORM). The meeting provided a number of insights on the current regulatory landscape and what to expect from state and federal agencies in the future.

  • Jim Gulliford named new Region 7 Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Carol S. Comer has been named the new Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) director. She wants increased engagement at every level of the agency, with a focus on efficiency and metrics driven action. The MDNR wants to be able to document change and improvements. She has mentioned setting up a Risk Assessment Section within the MDNR, and a goal of making St. Louis non-attainment areas smaller and eliminating both sulfur dioxide (SO2) non-attainment areas.
  • Federal legislative action will be difficult and slow, so states are taking a more active role. EPA's Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has 12 key political appointees, and has yet to name one. Last proposed federal budget has a 24% cut in EPA's budget. EPA employee buyouts have already begun, seeing a number of experienced people leaving the Agency.
  • There will be a reduction in red tape per executive order from Governor Greitens. MDNR wants to present 100 rules, for review or removal, to the governor by the end of 2017. The Governor's goal is to identify overly burdensome, outdated, ineffective, or expensive restrictions.