Trump EPA to Operate With 'Keen Attention to Rule of Law'

Trump EPA to Operate With 'Keen Attention to Rule of Law'”

Newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt on Saturday vowed quick and "aggressive" gutting of Obama-era regulations addressing climate change and the nation's waterways.

Pruitt said the EPA under Obama's administration caused "regulatory uncertainty" for businesses and trampled on the rights of states and Congress. "In all the states across the country, care about the air they breathe and they care about the water they drink and we are going to be a partner with those individuals, not adversaries".

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended by four months the process of writing a regulation to ensure certain mining companies can pay their cleanup costs.

"This president, who is leading with great decisiveness, great action, is saying we will fix that".

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Pruitt, just days into his tenure as EPA chief, is dealing with a familiar irritant for past agency leaders: transparency regarding his communication records with those trying to influence public policy. "We should celebrate that". The agency said the amount could be covered through third parties such as surety bonds or self-insured corporate guarantees. The former Oklahoma Attorney General was a vocal critic of the EPA during the Obama administration and sued the agency numerous times. Heller criticized the previous administration for having been "too quick to hand down harsh regulations and rules without considering the impact".

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the issue raises questions about Pruitt's credibility. The supreme court ruled in 2007 that carbon dioxide can be regulated under the Clean Air Act, with the EPA determining in 2009 that CO2 endangers human health.

The Clean Power Plan is now held up in federal court. While permissible under state law, that seemingly contradicts testimony Pruitt gave to the EPW panel for his confirmation.

He said as he begins to lead the EPA, he wants to make three major changes to process, rules of law, and the idea of "federalism" that is at work within the organization.

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EPA staff are bracing for cuts to employee numbers as well as oversight.

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton5 ways politics could steal the show at Oscars Lewandowski: Perez "doesn't understand what's going on in America" Five takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails MORE, the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for president in last year's election, famously used a private email address on a privately run server for official business when she was secretary of State, a setup that played a key role in the 2016 presidential election. "We can do both".

Pruitt's travails with emails are well-trod ground for EPA.

The rule is opposed strongly by Republicans and the mining industry, who say it would unnecessarily increase costs. We're going to recognize the regulatory uncertainty and the regulatory state needs to be reined in.

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Naomi Ages, a Greenpeace climate campaigner, said: "Trump will never know what it feels like to worry about the water his family is drinking, to wonder if his house will survive the next superstorm, or if his child will face illegal deportation".

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