EPA Seeking Public Input on Trump's Regulatory Reform Agenda

Court strikes down Bush-era pollution exemption for farms

Court strikes down Bush-era pollution exemption for farms

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) submitted a Federal Register notice on Tuesday to solicit public comments on EPA regulations. EPA is also restoring states' important role in the regulation of local waters by reviewing the WOTUS ("waters of the U.S.") rule. We are already seeing more flooding, forest fires, heat-related deaths, crop failures, climate refugees, etc. "We encourage that commitment and stand ready to work with Administrator Pruitt to ensure EPA's regulatory actions are based on sound science, adhere to legal authority and help remove the red tape that now discourages the use of higher blends of ethanol and obstructs the ability for high-octane fuels to compete in the marketplace".

"We know that "back to basics" is just code for sending the EPA back to the bad old days before the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act", Randy Francisco, an organizer with the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign in Pennsylvania, wrote in a blog post.

Aside from arguing EPA improperly withheld data on how they came up with the rule, plaintiffs argued the agency didn't perform proper testing to see if requiring coal plants to install new equipment would meet federal pollution guidelines.

"That will continue regardless of what's going on in a rulemaking", Berge told Bloomberg BNA.

US, Canada, Mexico To Announce Joint Bid For World Cup On Monday
Forty-eight countries will be split into 16 groups of three, with the top two in each progressing to a 32-nation knock-out round. Mexico has staged the finals twice, the last time in 1986, while newcomers Canada held the 2015 Women's World Cup.

"We are supporting the restoration of America's economy through extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions from the past administration", Pruitt said in a statement.

The administration is beholden to the fossil fuel industry, and protecting public health is unimportant to them. The Task Force is led by a Regulatory Reform Officer, EPA Senior Counsel and Associate Administrator for Policy Samantha Dravis, and it includes the Agency's Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson, among others. The company exceeded its daily or monthly effluent limit more than 300 times between 2006 and 2015, according to the EPA complaint.

The EPA declined to comment on whether it was still working to complete the designations process as scheduled.

A coalition of energy companies known as the Utility Water Act Group argued in a petition that stretched more than 100 pages that the regulation, if left in place, "will cause negative impacts on jobs dues to the excessive costs of compliance - which were grossly underestimated by the EPA - and regulatory burdens forcing plant closures". Those include a final implementation rule that Woods described as "critical" for states tasked with implementing the standards and guidance on assessing emissions from new transportation infrastructure projects. "Almost 140 million live in areas non-compliant with respect to air quality". Most people eagerly drop everything they're doing to sign it; particularly folks with small children.

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