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Environmental Setbacks Under Trump
EPA Ordered to dismantle the Clean Water RuleOn Feb. 28, President Trump signed an executive order ordering the EPA to dismantle the Clean Water Rule. The EPA is encouraged to replace it with the weakest possible rule that would leave 60% of nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands without strong federal protection against toxic pollution. The Clean Water Rule was built on years of public engagement and scientific research.
Interior Department announces sweeping change to the Bureau of Land Management oil and gas leasing program, threatening irreplaceable federal public lands and resources
EPA allowing major polluters to turn off their pollution control equipment
EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt cancels grant to the Chesapeake Bay Journal after 28 years of support
Rewrite of The Waters of the U.S. Rule
Two Year Pause on Pollution Regulations
Amendments to Chemical Facility Safety Rules Delayed
Reducing Toxic Emissions Shot Down
Interior Department Erases Climate Change from Website
Delaying The Implementation of Ozone Pollution Standards
A court grants a request by Pruitt to delay the implementation of ozone pollution standards that were made stricter in 2015. The EPA intends to review the rules around ozone, which is created when sunlight reacts with pollutants from vehicle exhausts and other sources. Ozone can create smog and trigger a wide variety of health problems, especially among children, the elderly, and those with respiratory issues.
No Stop To The Use of Chlorpyrifos
Trump Orders a Rewrite of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Permit Granted For Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline
The Trump administration’s State Department grants a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The 1,200-mile pipeline was rejected by President Obama in late 2015, amid concerns that the pipeline’s economic benefits weren’t guaranteed and fears that the pipeline would exacerbate future carbon emissions.
Review of Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Standards
Trump announces a review of vehicle fuel efficiency standards that are designed to help limit greenhouse gases and other pollutants, after more than half a dozen car company chief executives ask him to revisit the Obama-era decision to mandate improved fuel economy by 2025. Pruitt calls the standards “costly for automakers and the American people”.
Prohibition Rescinded of Lead Ammunition
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spends the day rescinding an Obama-era prohibition of lead ammunition on federal lands and waters. The Obama Administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service had issued to ban the day before Trump was inaugurated. The National Rifle Association and hunting groups applaud this move as supportive of hunting’s economic contribution, while conservation groups decry it, noting that lead ammunition can poison wildlife.
Senate Votes to Reverse the Stream Protection Rule
The Senate voted to reverse the Stream Protection Rule, which seeks to protect the nation’s waterways from debris generated by a practice called surface mining. The Interior Department had said the rule would protect 6,000 miles of streams and 52,000 acres of forests by keeping coal mining debris away from nearby waters.