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Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS)

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters MATS limits the amount of mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin that ends up in the water and soil, and concentrates up […]

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Chesapeake Bay and Nonpoint Source Programs / TMDLs

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the US. Pollution from agriculture and urban runoff has impaired Chesapeake water quality, damaging its fisheries and recreational and natural value. […]

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Energy Efficiency Standards

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The Department of Energy (DOE) sets energy efficiency standards for many consumer products. This reduces the energy use, cost, and greenhouse gas emissions of appliances sold in the US. […]

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Montreal Protocol Hydroflourocarbons Agreement

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) were thought to be an acceptable substitute for ozone layer-depleting chloroflourocarbons (CFCs), which the Montreal Protocol sought to phase out. But it is now understood that HFCs […]

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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Rules and Guidance

Drilling rules and guidance are being reconsidered. DOI has noticed an ongoing opportunity to comment on its regulatory reform efforts. Not all the rules below are open for comment on an individual basis, but the public can submit comments under the general regulatory reform notice.

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Paris Climate Agreement

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The U.S. is the second largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, and the largest historical emitter. America’s approval of the Paris Climate Agreement signaled our intention to cooperate […]

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Ozone Rule

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Ground-level ozone, or smog, is formed when pollution from vehicles, power plants, and other industrial sources reacts with sunlight. It can aggravate asthma and cause other respiratory problems, especially […]

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Power Plant Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction Rule

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters Power plants and other industrial sources emit more pollution as they start up, shut down, or when they malfunction than under normal operations. This rule regulates pollution during those […]

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Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards / Greenhouse Gas Standards

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Department of Transportation (DOT) has set fuel efficiency standards since 1975. In a separate but related process, the Environmental Protection […]

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Risk Management Plan / Accidental Release Prevention Requirements

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.  Why it Matters In April, 2013, an explosion in a West Texas fertilizer factory killed 15 people and injured another 180. These rules were designed in part to prevent other accidents like […]

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