Category Archives: Regulatory Rollback

Keystone XL Pipeline

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 Keystone XL pipeline is a proposed extension of the existing Keystone Pipeline System, which currently transports up to 600,000 barrels of oil per day between Canada and the […]

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Heavy-duty Truck “Glider Kit” Rule

In response to petitions from the glider industry, EPA published a proposed repeal of the emissions requirements for gliders and is currently reviewing comments on the proposal. At EPA’s request, the emissions requirements have been stayed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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“Once In Always In” Guidance for Major Sources under the Clean Air Act

On January 25, 2018 EPA issued a memorandum that weakens the pollution control technology requirements for major sources of HAPs, if those sources simply commit to limiting their emissions to the less constraining threshold levels of 10 tons per year for any one HAP, and 25 tons per year for any combination of HAPs.

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Public Lands Grazing Rule

BLM recently initiated a demonstration program for outcome-based grazing, which would weaken the stringency of grazing restrictions and accountability standards for permit and lease holders, giving them “an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock.” BLM is reviewing project proposals for the demonstration program.

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Bristol Bay Pebble Deposit

Because of the potential adverse effects of mining the Pebble deposit, EPA issued a proposed determination for the area. A determination, authorized under the Clean Water Act, permits EPA to restrict the usage of certain waters as disposal sites for mining activities. EPA recently began the process of withdrawing the proposed determination.

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Coal Ash Rule

In response to petitions from industry, EPA is reconsidering certain provisions of the final rule, promulgated in 2014, that aimed to ensure the safe management of coal ash disposal sites.

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Uranium Extraction Water Quality Standards

On January 19, 2017 EPA published a new proposed rule with less stringent regulatory requirements “based on public comment and new information received from stakeholders” about the January, 2015 proposal.

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Executive Order 13783 – Energy Development

On March 28, 2017 President Trump signed Executive Order 13783 on “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” to “promote clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources, while at the same time avoiding regulatory burdens that unnecessarily encumber energy production, constrain economic growth, and prevent job creation.”

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Dakota Access Pipeline

The pipeline is built and in operation; in October, 2017 a court rejected efforts to halt operation pending litigation. The tribes have asked for stricter oversight of pipeline operations, which the D.C. District court granted on December 4, 2015.

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Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform Rule

Properly valuing revenues from publicly held mineral rights provides certainty to lessees about their investments and ensures taxpayers get a fair return for their public resources. But this rule has been rescinded.

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