Trump Rolls Back Environmental Rules & Regulations

Much of President Trump’s campaign was based on de-regulating the failing fossil fuel industry – and 10 months into his presidency, it’s clear that he has made good on those promises. Below are the 52 environmental rules that have been overturned, are in the works to be overturned, and the regulations whose status are unclear due to delays/court proceedings.

Much of President Trump’s campaign was based on de-regulating the failing fossil fuel industry – and 10 months into his presidency, it’s clear that he has made good on those promises. Below are the 52 environmental rules that have been overturned, are in the works to be overturned, and the regulations whose status are unclear due to delays/court proceedings.

25 RULES OVERTURNED

1. Flood building standards

2. Proposed ban on a potentially harmful pesticide

3. Freeze on new coal leases on public lands

4. Methane reporting requirement

5. Anti-dumping rule for coal companies

6. Decision on Keystone XL pipeline

7. Decision on Dakota Access pipeline

8. Third-party settlement funds

9. Offshore drilling ban in the Atlantic and Arctic

10. Ban on seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic

11. Northern Bering Sea climate resilience plan

12. Royalty regulations for oil, gas and coal

13. Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews

14. Permit-issuing process for new infrastructure projects

15. Green Climate Fund contributions

16. Mining restrictions in Bristol Bay, Alaska

17. Grizzly bear listing as endangered species

18. Hunting ban on wolves and grizzly bears in Alaska

19. Protection of whales and sea turtles

20. Reusable water bottles rule for national parks

21. National parks climate order

22. Environmental mitigation for federal projects

23. Calculation for “social cost” of carbon

24. Planning rule for public lands

25. Copper filter cake listing as hazardous waste

24. Flood building standards

25. Proposed ban on a potentially harmful pesticide

 

3 RULES OVERTURNED AND THEN REINSTATED

1. Delayed by one year a compliance deadline for new ozone pollution standards, but later reversed course. Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, initially delayed the compliance deadline for a 2015 national ozone standard, but reversed course after 15 states and the District of Columbia sued.

2. Delayed publishing efficiency standards for household appliances. After being sued by a number of states and environmental groups for failing to publish efficiency standards for appliances including heaters, air conditioners and refrigerators, the Trump administration released its rules on May 26.

3. Reinstated rule limiting the discharge of mercury by dental offices into municipal sewers. The EPA reinstated an Obama-era rule that regulated the disposal of dental amalgam, a filling material that contains mercury and other toxic metals. The agency initially put the rule on hold as part of a broad regulatory freeze, but environmental groups sued. 

19 RULES IN THE PROCESS OF BEING OVERTURNED

1. Clean Power Plan

2. Paris climate agreement

3. Wetland and tributary protections

4. Car and truck fuel-efficiency standards

5. Status of 10 national monuments

6. Status of 12 marine areas

7. Limits on toxic discharge from power plants

8. Coal ash discharge regulation

9. Emissions standards for new, modified, and reconstructed power plants

10. Emissions rules for power plan start-up and shutdown

11. Sage grouse habitat protections

12. Fracking regulations on public lands

13. Regulations on oil and gas drilling in some national parks

14. Regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels

15. Exploratory drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

16. Hunting method regulations in Alaska

17. Requirement for tracking emissions on federal highways

18. Oil rig safety regulations

19. Emissions standards for trailers and glider kits

 

8 RULES CURRENTLY IN LIMBO

1. Methane emission limits at new oil and gas wells

2. Limits on landfill emissions

3. Limits on methane emissions on public lands

4. Mercury emission limits for power plants

5. Hazardous chemical facility regulations

6. Groundwater protections for uranium mines

13. Regulations on oil and gas drilling in some national parks

14. Regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels

15. Exploratory drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge

16. Hunting method regulations in Alaska

17. Requirement for tracking emissions on federal highways

18. Oil rig safety regulations

19. Emissions standards for trailers and glider kits


President Trump is doing whatever he can to attack important and fundamental environmental protection regulations and bolster the fossil fuel industry. Oil and coal are finite resources and are neither sustainable nor a viable option moving forward.  By de-regulating these industries, irreparable damage is being done to the environment that will affect future generations. It's up to the States and environmental groups to push back and keep filing these lawsuits, so call your representative, let them know that you believe in environmental protection laws, and support an environmental group by donating

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