Category Archives: Regulatory Rollback

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Uranium Extraction Water Quality 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 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last updated the health and environmental standards for uranium mining in 1995. Since then, the primary method for extracting uranium has changed to […]

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Executive Order 13783 – Energy Development

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 executive order is being used to justify rolling back many climate and environmental protections in the interest of fossil fuel development. Trump Era On March 28, 2017 President […]

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Dakota Access 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 Dakota Access Pipeline (or DAPL) was built to transport crude oil from the Bakken field in North Dakota to Illinois. The pipeline crosses under the Missouri and Mississippi […]

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Consolidated Federal Oil and Gas and Federal and Indian Coal Valuation Reform 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 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. Current Status The […]

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Oil and Gas Methane Information Collection Request

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 Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and the main component of natural gas. Extracting, refining, storing, and distributing natural gas can lead to methane leaks. While EPA regulated new […]

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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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