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30 Environmental Regulations, Including Renewable Fuel Standard, Delayed

emissionsIn a move that could mean less costly and less strict environmental regulations for a wide range of industries, the EPA has delayed implementation of 30 new regulations already published in the Federal Register.

These rules, which include air quality plans, emissions standards for wood manufacturers, pesticide certification for applicators, and chemical storage regulations, among others, are now delayed until March 21. The temporary freeze is intended to give the Trump administration more time to review the regulations.

The renewable fuel standard published late last year is the EPA’s highest-profile rule to be delayed, as The Hill reports.

The EPA rules delay is the latest in a series of actions by the Trump administration this week that aim to ease regulatory burdens on businesses and weak “out of control” environmental regulations.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders to expedite the environmental review process for infrastructure projects and reduce red tape for US manufacturing. Earlier in the day he met with auto CEOs and pledged to make it easier for them and other manufacturers to build plants in the US.

The auto executives also discussed fuel efficiency standards, trade policy and electric vehicles with the president, according to Reuters.

Earlier this week the administration temporarily froze grants and contracts at the EPA to such projects as air quality monitoring and water quality testing.

The Trump administration and the National Association of Manufacturers have said federal regulations are costing manufacturers jobs and stifling innovation.

A new report from Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, however, counters that US “sustainability” jobs — these span energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as waste reduction, natural resources conservation and environmental education — are growing and generating more jobs per dollar invested.

The report estimates that sustainability now collectively represents an estimated 4-4.5 million jobs in the US, up from 3.4 million in 2011.

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