Category Archives: Regulatory Rollback

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

Click here to return to our primary page on the “once in always in” guidance for major sources under the Clean Air Act, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History In May 1995, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued “once in, always in” guidance for major sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA). […]

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Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Products – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on energy conservation standards for consumer products, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History In August 2016, DOE issued its semi-annual report to Congress, describing recently published and upcoming efficiency standards. DOE has published a report every six months since the Energy […]

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Power Plant Effluent Limits – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on power plant effluent limits, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters. History June 7, 2013 — EPA proposed limits on toxic pollutants from power plant wastewater discharged into rivers. November 3, 2015 —  EPA finalized these water quality standards. They went into effect January […]

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Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Rules and Guidance – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on the Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Rules and Guidance, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History April 5, 2016 — The Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) / DOI proposed an offshore air quality rule. April 26, 2016 – The Bureau of Safety and […]

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Oil and Gas 111b Methane Rule – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on Oil and Gas 111b Methane Rule, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History August 16, 2012 — EPA finalized New Source Performance Standards for VOC emissions (volatile organic compounds) from new wells and other oil and gas equipment. This rule reduces methane […]

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Greater Sage-Grouse Protection – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on sage-grouse, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History May 7, 2001 — In response to a petition, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service determined that the Columbia Basin population of greater sage-grouse warranted stand-alone listing under the Endangered Species Act but that […]

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Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History October 26, 2015 — EPA issued a rule to tighten national ozone pollution standards based on the latest science. The new standards were set to take effect October 1, 2017. September […]

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Coal Ash Rule – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on coal ash, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters. History December 22, 2008 — At the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal plant in Kingston, Tennessee, one of the coal ash impoundment walls broke and spilled more than one billion gallons of coal ash slurry. […]

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Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Use – More Information

Click here to return to our primary page on Chlorpyrifos, with the current status and discussion of why this rule matters.  History EPA regulates pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). In 1996, Congress strengthened both laws in the Food Quality Protection Act, […]

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Regional Haze Rule Rollback

EPA is reviewing certain aspects of a final rule promulgated in 2016 that is intended to ensure that states continue to make progress towards long-term visibility goals. On April 12, 2018, President Trump directed the Administrator of EPA, Scott Pruitt, to review EPA’s engagement with states as part of the regional haze program.

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