THE TRUMPIAN MASSACRE OF ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS

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6 october 2017

52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

By NADJA POPOVICH and LIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA , The New York Times, UPDATED Oct. 6, 2015

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 50 environmental rules, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

25 rules have been overturned
• Flood building standards
• Proposed ban on a potentially harmful pesticide
• Freeze on new coal leases on public lands
• Methane reporting requirement
• Anti-dumping rule for coal companies
• Decision on Keystone XL pipeline
• Decision on Dakota Access pipeline
• Third-party settlement funds
• Offshore drilling ban in the Atlantic and Arctic
• Ban on seismic air gun testing in the Atlantic
• Northern Bering Sea climate resilience plan
• Royalty regulations for oil, gas and coal
• Inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions in environmental reviews
• Permit-issuing process for new infrastructure projects
• Green Climate Fund contributions
• Mining restrictions in Bristol Bay, Alaska
• Grizzly bear listing as endangered species
• Hunting ban on wolves and grizzly bears in Alaska
• Protection of whales and sea turtles
• Reusable water bottles rule for national parks
• National parks climate order
• Environmental mitigation for federal projects
• Calculation for “social cost” of carbon
• Planning rule for public lands
• Copper filter cake listing as hazardous waste

19 rollbacks are in progress

• Clean Power Plan
• Paris climate agreement
• Wetland and tributary protections
• Car and truck fuel-efficiency standards
• Status of 10 national monuments
• Status of 12 marine areas
• Limits on toxic discharge from power plants
• Coal ash discharge regulations
• Emissions standards for new, modified and reconstructed power plants
• Emissions rules for power plant start-up and shutdown
• Sage grouse habitat protections
• Fracking regulations on public lands
• Regulations on oil and gas drilling in some national parks
• Oil rig safety regulations
• Regulations for offshore oil and gas exploration by floating vessels
• Exploratory drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge
• Hunting method regulations in Alaska
• Requirement for tracking emissions on federal highways
• Emissions standards for trailers and glider kits

8 rollbacks are in limbo
• Methane emission limits at new oil and gas wells
• Limits on landfill emissions
• Limits on methane emissions on public lands
• Mercury emission limits for power plants
• Hazardous chemical facility regulations
• Groundwater protections for uranium mines
• Efficiency standards for federal buildings
• Rule helping consumers buy fuel-efficient tires

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