Trump Readies EPA Changes

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President Trump is steamrolling ahead with his promise to revamp the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will reportedly be issuing new executive orders this week regarding the over-regulated agency, particularly President Obama’s climate change regulations.

According to The Washington Examiner, President Trump is looking at the current Clean Power Plan, which ordered states to cut their greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

The EPA’s climate plan has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court since last year, or “until the courts can rule on litigation by 28 state attorneys general, the coal industry and hundreds of individual companies and industry groups.”

Trump’s new order is expected to ask the EPA to rework the climate change rule, although the final greenhouse gas rule decision will come out of the courts.

President Trump is also looking at issuing a separate order concerning the Waters of the United States rule, which had expanded the EPA’s control over all waterways in the U.S., from major waterways to drainage ponds.

The revampings of the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule have been on Republican radar for quite some time.

There are also reports of a third Trump move to end the Department of Interior’s “moratorium on new coal mining leases” implemented by the Obama administration.

Reuters reported that the release of these executive actions would occur immediately after EPA boss Scott Pruitt is confirmed.

Pruitt was confirmed last Friday. Wednesday marks his first day at work as head of the EPA.

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