Watching Government: Averting a regulatory blunder

Early indications are that the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement avoided a well-intentioned mistake that could have created serious problems in its final interim offshore safety rule. “While our members are still reviewing the final rule, one of the key concerns of industry had been the ‘should’ to ‘must’ issue, which appears to have been addressed,” National Ocean Industries Association Pres. Randall B. Luthi said after BSEE released its new rule on Aug. 16. Luthi referred to incorporation by reference, the process by which government agencies adopt an industry’s standard or practice as a regulation by turning a recommendation into a requirement. It’s an effective approac...

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