As part of the Trump administration’s to peel back environmental regulations that it has deemed overly burdensome, it is now going after the “once in, always in” policy that is part of the Clean Air Act and that deals with mercury, arsenic and lead.
Eight states in the Northeast are suing the Environmental Protection Agency, alleging that it is failing to fulfill its legal obligations to protect them from ozone pollution emanating elsewhere in the country.
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a formal proposal on Monday asking stakeholders how they would change the Clean Power Plan that would require industry to reduce CO2 emissions by 32% by 2030.
Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt said that his agency will formulate the Clean Power Plan’s future in early 2018. And while Pruitt said that the agency would “replace” the proposal and not “repeal” it altogether, others are questioning his true intent.
The US House voted overwhelmingly to fund the clean up of browsfield sites until 2022. But critics say that the $200 million annual allocation is not nearly enough to help clean up polluted industrial sites.
Despite its promises to wind down the ethanol requirement, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that oil companies must blend slightly more biofuels into their gasoline, prompting the oil industry to lash out and the biofuel companies to applaud the move.
Environmental Protection Administrators Scott Pruitt says that he is ending the practice of regulation through litigation, which he describes as “sue and settle” — or policies that are brought about because of lawsuits that may fall outside the parameters of the intended laws.
Researchers at the University of Chicago say that rules affecting smog-forming ozone that went into effect on October 1 will save billions in medical costs each year. Manufacturers counter, however, that the rules are too rigid and need to be rewritten.