Tag: Trump Administration

Transition Goals of the Environmental Council of the States

States are watching the Trump administration’s revamping of EPA’s mission with either hope or trepidation or with a combination of both. Scott Pruitt, EPA’s administrator in the wings, has promised to pull back on the Agency’s dominating role in implementing federal environmental statutes and place more authority in the hands of the states, where, he […]

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Does Trump’s Executive Order on Regulations Have Legal Legs?

Even nonlawyers have spotted the arbitrary nature of President Trump’s January 30, 2017, Executive Order (EO), Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Among other things, the EO directs that each executive agency identify 2 regulations to be repealed for each significant regulation it proposes in 2017. Why 2? Why not 1 or 5 or 10? […]

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Pruitt on the Clean Power Plan

In the nomination hearing for Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s choice to lead the EPA, it was surprising that members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) asked few questions about how the nominee would address EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) should he be confirmed. This may be because President Trump has already indicated […]

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Trump’s Regulatory Freeze Delays DOT and OSHA Rules

Shortly after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, all executive branch departments and agencies were directed to freeze most pending regulatory actions in order to allow time for the new administration to review them. Two recent safety-related final rules are affected by the freeze.

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Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Rule Sunk by House Vote

Last Friday, the House voted 221 to 191 to nullify the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final rule (November 18, 2016, FR) to limit venting, flaring, and leaking from oil and gas (O&G) operations on public land. The House exercised its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to kill this major Obama-administration environmental regulation […]

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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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