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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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Power Plant Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction 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 Power plants and other industrial sources emit more pollution as they start up, shut down, or when they malfunction than under normal operations. This rule regulates pollution during those […]

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Risk Management Plan / Accidental Release Prevention Requirements

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 In April, 2013, an explosion in a West Texas fertilizer factory killed 15 people and injured another 180. These rules were designed in part to prevent other accidents like […]

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Climate Guidance for NEPA Reviews

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 guidance provided standardized guidance for assessing the greenhouse gas footprint of “major federal actions” reviewed under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Agencies can use this information […]

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Department of the Interior Regulatory Reform Initiatives

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) have made an unusually broad request for public input on which rules it should target for rollback. It remains unclear how many rules […]

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