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EPA Vows Crush Of Deregulatory Action On Climate Rules Before 2020

The Trump EPA is vowing to take a series of major actions to scale back Obama-era climate and air rules before the end of the year, including multiple self-imposed deadlines this month or next for high-profile deregulatory actions, such as power plant rule rollbacks, according to its just-released fall regulatory agenda.

Senate environment committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) is continuing to tout the need to reform the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 certification process, holding a second hearing in as many years on the issue, but has yet to plan a markup of his bill to narrow the scope of impacts to water quality from federal permits states may consider.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is confirming earlier projections that the country’s energy-related carbon dioxide emissions edged up last year, reflecting stubbornly high emissions from the transportation sector that has become the economy’s largest source of CO2.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) forthcoming proposal to streamline how agencies conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews of major federal actions could seek to erase decades of legal precedent concerning how such reviews should be conducted, according to critics of the plan.