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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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Freeman and Goffman on Perry’s Plan to Prop up Coal

October 25, 2017 – ELP director Jody Freeman and incoming executive director Joe Goffman call out energy secretary Rick Perry’s anti-market plan to prop up coal and nuclear power in today’s New York Times. This Trump administration attempt “to prop up the struggling coal industry by doing something very un-Republican — subsidizing it,” is based on […]

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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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EPI Submits Comments on ‘Resiliency Rule’

October 18, 2017 — The Environmental Policy Initiative submitted comments today to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commssion (FERC) on the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR). The NOPR invokes a rarely used authority that allows DOE to propose a rule under the Federal Power Act. If finalized, the rule would effectively subsidize coal […]

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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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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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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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Oil and Gas 111b Methane 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 Natural gas is composed almost entirely of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Earlier Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards indirectly limited methane pollution from new natural gas wells and some […]

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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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