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Administration Unveils Full Regulatory Agenda

The Obama administration is looking forward to a host of new environmental regulations that go far beyond the president's plans to issue new standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants.

The new regulations that could impact real estate, previewed in the administration's spring regulatory roadmap released on July 7, cover everything from increasing listings of endangered species and renovation activities in commercial buildings to long-delayed rules on waters of the U.S.  In some cases, the regulations will be issued long after they were called for under a statute passed by Congress.

The regulatory agenda is usually published twice a year, in April and October, so the July 3 release was late in coming. Last year, the administration published just one rulemaking roadmap, in December.