White House to roll back clean water, climate regulations

Four days following the confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, it has been learned the White House is preparing a multitude of executive orders intended to dismantle several Obama administration regulations regarding water and climate change.

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Trump vowed to target what he labeled as overreaching executive authority on regulation by former President Obama.

Mr. Trump is expected to order a re-write to a 2015 rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from electric plants, lift a ban on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) federal coal leases and issue a directive instructing the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to re-craft the Waters of the United States rule which classifies every body of water in the country and determines whether a waterway can be regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

“The miners are a big deal,” Trump said on Thursday, Feb.16. “I’ve had support from some of these folks right from the very beginning, and I won’t forget it.”

CWA, established in 1972, set water pollution standards, funded building more sewage treatment plants and made disposal of waste into “navigable waters” illegal.

The two regulations were among the most contentious rules put into effect by the Obama administration; both are currently facing legal challenges.

The anticipated presidential actions come after Mr. Trump issued executive orders or presidential memorandums reducing regulatory burdens.

Similarly, Mr. Trump has undone a string of Obama-era regulations since taking office approved through joint resolutions of Congress through the Congressional Review Act. The House of Representatives has also passed a bill to undo a BLM rule limiting methane emissions by oil and gas drillers on federal land.

The White House is expected to deliver its first rule changes in the coming weeks.


[The Hill] [Washington Post] [Photo courtesy IX Power]