Tag: Trump Administration

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President’s Proposed Budget Includes a 31% Cut for EPA

President Donald Trump’s proposed 2020 federal budget—a record-high $4.75 trillion—includes a 31% decrease in funding for the EPA, from $8.9 billion in 2019 to $6.1 billion. The proposal would eliminate 37 current EPA programs and four “subprogram projects” and reduce the budgets of 15 major programs. The president also proposes a new $50 million Healthy […]

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Much of White House Infrastructure Request Centers on Environmental Changes

Reforming environmental laws, rules, and policies occupies about a half of President Donald Trump’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. Since moving into the White House, the administration has taken up the call to simplify and speed up the process of conducting environmental reviews of federal actions, including major infrastructure projects, as required under […]

Wheeler EPA Nomination Hearing Takes Place Amid Shutdown

The federal government’s policy on climate change, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and the Agency’s Clean Energy (ACE) proposal, its proposed CPP replacement; the EPA’s CO2 emissions and energy-efficiency standards for cars; the partial shutdown of the federal government; the EPA’s renewable fuel standard (RFS) and E-15; its newly proposed definition of the Waters […]

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EPA Has Eased Up on Criminal Enforcement

Using data from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), a liberal environmental group, reported that the EPA’s criminal enforcement division under President Donald Trump is reaching new lows in the number of referrals for prosecution it makes to the DOJ.

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Nomination Hearing Imminent for Wheeler to Take Over as Head of EPA

On January 9, 2019, President Donald Trump informed the U.S. Senate that he was nominating Andrew Wheeler to take over as administrator of the EPA. Wheeler has been filling in as the Agency’s acting administrator since early July 2018 when Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned under the weight of ethics controversies. The president announced that he […]

President Trump to Review U.N.’s 1.5°C Report

Several days after the United Nations’ (U.N.) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the latest of its reports on the global consequences of climate change, President Donald Trump surprised observers by not dismissing the report’s predictions and warnings. Instead, in a response to a reporter’s question, the president said he intends to “look at” […]

Revision of O&G Waste Prevention Rule Completed by BLM

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed its effort to bring a 2016 Obama-era rule governing emissions from oil and natural gas (O&G) operations on federal and Indian lands in line with the current administration’s policy of promoting the development of these resources without regulatory “burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy […]

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Pre-Labor Day Report Slams OSHA Rollbacks

In a pre-Labor Day report, the advocacy group Public Citizen accuses President Donald Trump of having broken his campaign promise that “the American worker will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”

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WOTUS Definition Reinstated by District Court Judge

Judge David C. Norton of the U.S. District Court for South Carolina upended the Trump administration’s careful plans to eliminate and replace the Obama administration’s Clean Water Rule by issuing an injunction against the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) “Suspension Rule” that delayed the effective date of the Clean Water Rule for 2 […]