Tag: Trump Administration


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 […]


Michigan Rep Seeks to Save Vehicle Program Funding

Members of Congress continue to ask President Donald Trump to not cut EPA programs that offer particular benefits to their states or districts. One such request was made by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who has been fighting to preserve the Agency’s Federal Vehicle and Fuels Standards and Certification Program, which would receive zero funding under […]


What’s the Real Story with Coal, Regulations, and Energy?

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been echoing President Donald Trump’s claims that the administration is paving the way for a resurgence of the coal mining sector and the use of coal as a cheap, abundant, and reliable source of energy. In an article written for The Washington Times and posted on EPA’s News Release site, […]

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MATS Arguments Delayed by D.C. Circuit

In a one-page order, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted an EPA request to delay oral arguments over the legality of EPA’s Supplemental Finding that It Is Appropriate and Necessary to Regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal—and Oil-fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (April 25, 2016, Federal Register (FR)). The oral […]


Case on CPP Rule Now in Abeyance

Environmental groups, states, health institutions, and even some power companies that support the federal Clean Power Plan (CPP) are discovering how difficult it is to keep the rule alive when the very agency that wrote it is committed to wiping it off the books.


Clean Water Rule Debated in the Senate

Should the U.S. Supreme Court decide that challenges against EPA’s Clean Water Rule (CWR or waters of the United States (WOTUS)) be heard in the U.S. District Courts and not the U.S. Appeals Courts, the nationwide stay of the CWR issued by the 6th Circuit will be lifted, and the CWR will take effect.