Category Archives: Policy Initiative

Disposable Plastic Water Bottle Ban

The Environmental Policy Initiative is tracking the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump administration. Click here for the list of rules we are following.    On December 14, 2011 the National Park Service issued a memorandum encouraging individual parks to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles within the parks. On August 16, 2017 the […]

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Power Plant Effluent Limits

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 Today, steam power plant wastewater discharges include arsenic, lead, mercury, selenium, chromium, and cadmium. Regulations for power plant discharges to surface waters were last updated in 1982 and did […]

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Greater Sage-Grouse Protection

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 Greater sage-grouse are native to sagebrush and juniper grasslands throughout the Western US, and north into Canada. They are the largest North American grouse and are known for their […]

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Announcing our Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker

In order to keep tabs on the environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump Administration, we have launched a new tracker: a table of rules that are under threat or have been overturned, with links to pages for each rule that describe what’s at stake, the current status, and history of the rule development and rollback efforts. […]

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Pacific Bycatch Limits for Whales, Dolphins, and Sea Turtles

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 Bycatch limits – a cap on the numbers of other species that can be caught when fishing for a targeted species – are intended to ensure healthy population numbers. […]

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DOI Coal Leasing Moratorium

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 the Interior (DOI) manages 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights. DOI halted coal leasing to review how to address the program’s health and environmental impacts […]

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Chlorpyrifos Petition Denial

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 Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide used since 1965 on crops – mostly corn – and on golf courses. It is the most widely used conventional pesticide in the United […]

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BLM Land Use Planning 2.0

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 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages over 260 million acres of land and 700 million acres of subsurface mineral rights. This rule was crafted to bring more stakeholders […]

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Stream Protection 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 This rule was developed “in order to avoid or minimize impacts on surface water, groundwater, fish, wildlife, and other natural resources” from coal mining. In particular, it was designed […]

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The Social Cost of Carbon

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 A “social cost of carbon” is a powerful tool. It helps agencies better consider the costs that carbon emissions impose on society, and calculate the benefit of reducing pollution. […]

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