26 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back in the Trump Era

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By Marissa Horn

President Donald Trump’s deregulatory agenda has pushed at least 26 environmental regulations issued during the Obama administration out of the queue.

Some have been revoked completely, while others are in the process of being replaced by less stringent rules under the Trump administration.

Follow this list of Environmental Protection Agency regulations compiled by Bloomberg Environment staff to stay up-to-date on the regulations that Trump introduces, rescinds, or is in the process of overturning.

Overturned

  • Requirement for oil and gas companies to report methane emissions leaks | Story
  • Rule that limits toxic emissions from industrial facilities | Story
  • Rule that prohibits hydrofluorocarbons as replacements for ozone-depleting compounds | Story
  • Proposed rule to reduce air pollutants from sewage treatment plants

In the Process of Being Overturned

  • The Clean Power Plan regulating carbon emissions from power plants. A replacement plan has been drafted| Story
  • Standards for limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed power plants | Story
  • Emissions rules for power plant startups, shutdowns, and malfunctions | Story
  • Rules to allow methane leaks to go unrepaired during unscheduled or emergency shutdowns at oil and gas facilities and guidelines that reduce emissions from existing sources | Story
  • Rules aimed at cutting landfill methane emissions | Story
  • Air pollution permitting reviews are eased | Story
  • Update to a rule that would reduce air pollution in national parks and wilderness areas | Story
  • Proposed amendments to rules on how refineries monitor pollution in surrounding communities | Story
  • Changes to fuel economy standards for cars and light trucks made between 2020 and 2025 | Story
  • Emissions standards for trailers and glider kits | Story

In the Process of Being Overturned

  • Suspended Waters of the U.S., also known as WOTUS, clarifying which waters are covered by the Clean Water Act | Story
  • Delayed rule regulating toxic discharges from power plants into public waterways by two years | Story
  • Proposed rule rolling back groundwater protections for certain uranium mines

Overturned

  • Proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, an organophosphate pesticide | Story
  • Narrowed scope of a federal law requiring safety assessments for potentially toxic chemicals | Story
  • Removed copper filter cake from the “hazardous waste” list.

In the Process of Being Overturned

  • Two programs that limit children’s exposure to lead paint | Story
  • Rule aimed at improving safety at facilities that use hazardous chemicals | Story

Overturned

  • Proposed rule directing mines to prove they can pay to clean up future pollution | Story
  • Federal rules regulating coal ash waste from power plants. States were granted oversight of the waste | Story

In the Process of Being Overturned

  • Limiting the studies used by the EPA for rulemaking to only those that make data publicly available | Story
  • Changing the way cost-benefit analyses are conducted under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, among other environmental regulations | Story

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