Tag: Trump Administration

President Trump Approves Tariffs on Solar Cells and Modules

Stating that the Trump administration “will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that the president will impose safeguard tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules. The tariffs will apply over 4 years—30 percent in year 1; 25 percent in year 2; 20 percent in year 3; […]


CEQ Nominee Softens Past Statements in Hearing

During a nomination hearing, Kathleen Harnett White, President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) was asked to explain multiple past statements that troubled Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW). In a subsequent vote, the EPW approved White for a full Senate vote; all Democrats […]


EPA Officially Proposes Repeal of CPP

Nine months after President Donald Trump entered the White House carrying a campaign promise to eliminate the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama EPA’s most significant environmental regulation, the Trump EPA has taken its first rulemaking action to fulfill President Trump’s pledge.


New OAR Nominee Comes with Strong Industry Ties

President Trump announced that he intends to nominate William Wehrum, a Washington D.C. environmental attorney with a lengthy list of industry clients, to be EPA’s next assistant administrator (AA) for the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). Wehrum is currently a partner in the powerhouse law firm Hunton & Williams where he leads the Administrative […]


Trump Administration EPA Actions to Date

Stays, delays, proposals in abundance Five months into his term, President Donald Trump announced that no other president—with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt—accomplished so much in the same period of time. As of June 26, 2017, the president has signed 40 pieces of legislation and about an equal number of Executive Orders (EOs). Critics […]


Stalled Cases May Soon Get Hearings: Trump Nominates Third Review Commission Candidate

The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is an independent body that adjudicates disputes between OSHA and employers over OSHA citations. When an employer contests an OSHA citation, the case is initially heard by an administrative law judge with the Commission. If that judge’s decision is appealed, the three-member Commission may select it for […]


Trump Administration Bids Adieu to Paris Agreement

In possibly the most momentous environmental announcement ever made by an American president, Donald Trump told the world on Thursday that the United States is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. A nation’s actual withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is not as simple as standing up and walking out, and the process of separation […]


President Maintains Position on EPA Budget Cuts

In its fiscal year 2018 budget, the Trump administration did nothing to change the position, expressed in its earlier Budget Blueprint, that EPA’s portion of federal dollars should be cut by 31.4 percent. Neither did the president back down from either proposing elimination of virtually all EPA programs that are not statutorily required. The president’s […]