On 23 April 2017, USEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt continued to roll out the EPA’s “Back To Basics” agenda at a Pennsylvania coal mine.

According to the Administrator, the agenda is designed to protect the environment, engage with state, local and tribal partners and create sensible regulations that enhance economic growth.

Administrator Pruitt signed four notices to review, revise or rescind, economically burdensome rules. Specifically mentioning the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan.

Specifics Mentioned actions include:

  • EPA is restoring states’ important role in the regulation of local waters by reviewing the WOTUS (“waters of the U.S.”) rule.
  • EPA is clearing the backlog of new chemicals that were waiting for approval from EPA, so they can go to market, and companies can innovate and create jobs.
  • EPA is helping states achieve high air quality targets, clean up toxic waste sites and improve America’s water infrastructure.
  • EPA rescinded an unjustified, premature evaluation of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards for the model year 2022-2025 vehicles, and is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to conduct a collaborative and robust review of the standards.
  • The agency is reviewing the Oil and Gas Methane New Source Performance Standards for new and modified sources, to determine whether it is duplicative.
  • EPA is allocating funds for vital environmental projects that go directly to the health of our citizens, such as providing $100 million to upgrade drinking water infrastructure in Flint, Michigan.
  • EPA is stopping the methane Information Collection Request (ICR) by telling businesses they no longer have this additional bureaucratic burden, with the cost to American businesses attempting to comply exceeding $42 million.
  • Launched the EPA Regulatory Reform Task Force to undergo extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions.

For more information check the USEPA newsroom.

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