Tag: Trump Administration

Stream Protection Rule Disapproved by Congress

On Thursday, the Senate voted 54 to 45 to pass House Joint Resolution (J.R.) 38, disapproving the Stream Protection Rule (SPR), a major regulation 6 years in the making and issued by the Obama administration to protect streams from impacts from both surface and underground coal mining. The Senate vote followed passage, by 1 day, […]

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Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch on Chevron and Renewable Energy

Senate Democrats are likely to fiercely resist confirming Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. On January 31, 2017, President Trump broke the national suspense by nominating Gorsuch to occupy the vacant seat. But Democratic resistance may be more a consequence of Republican refusal over almost a year to […]

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Trump Issues Executive Order for Regulatory Reduction

On Monday, January 30, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. The EO is aimed at cutting regulations and fees to assist small and large businesses. In each agency, for every one regulation that is issued, the agency must identify two regulations to be repealed.

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DOL Nominee Hearings Postponed

Confirmation hearings for Andrew Puzder, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, have been postponed for the third time, according to the Washington Post. Hearings are now scheduled for February 7.

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Four Tips for Gathering Your Tier II Chemical Information

Yesterday we provided some general tips to consider when determining whether you are required to submit a hazardous chemical inventory (Tier II) report under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know (EPCRA) regulations. Today we’ll help out with some tips for gathering the chemical inventory information. Then tomorrow we […]

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30 Rules Delayed by the EPA

In accordance with a January 20, 2017, directive from the White House, the EPA has released a final rule temporarily delaying the effective dates of the 30 environmental regulations.

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Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS Jurisdiction Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a case that will determine whether challenges to the EPA/Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Clean Water Rule (CWR), which defines waters of the United States (WOTUS), should be heard in U.S. district courts or U.S. appeals courts.

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President Issues Orders to Enable Ease of Keystone, Dakota, and Future Pipeline Approvals

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, President Trump issued three presidential memorandums and one Executive Order (EO) that collectively may change the federal approach to permitting and constructing energy pipelines and other infrastructure projects in the United States. Two memorandums overrule decisions by the Obama administration not to permit construction of the U.S. portion of TransCanada’s […]

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Trump Administration Freezes Rulemaking

In a memo to the heads of executive branch departments and agencies (the memo can be found here), Reince Priebus, President Trump’s chief of staff, ordered a freeze on all pending regulatory actions except those addressing “emergency situations or other urgent circumstances relating to health, safety, or national security.”

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