In the months leading up to President Obama's inauguration, the Bush administration rushed through a raft of controversial regulations. These "midnight regulations," like the one that would allow mining waste to be dumped into rivers and streams in West Virginia, caused a major stir at the time -- but whatever happened to them? After a year in office, has the new president been able to clean up his predecessor's last minute mess? The answer is a mixed bag of attempts, delays, successes, and road blocks. Among the avalanche of over 150 midnight regulations issued in the waning days of Bush's …
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Michael A. Livermore
Michael A. Livermore is the executive director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law. He is the author, with Richard L. Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can Better Protect the Environmental and Our Health.