The Trump Administration is taking dead aim at regulations that protect people’s lives, livelihoods and communities -- including regulations that protect our health and environment.  Fortunately, no president can roll back regulations by fiat.  Trump officials must go through the same process that’s used for making regulations.  That process gives everyone the opportunity to be heard. 

This Save EPA web site has resources to help you oppose proposed rule rollbacks:

  1. "A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump De-Regulatory Agenda" describes how to fight rule rollbacks by commenting during the federal rule-making process, enlisting members of Congress, and taking other actions.  Learn more about the guide and download your own PDF copy here.
  2. EPA rollback proposals now open for comment are listed below.  We also list closely related rollback proposals of other federal agencies.
  3. Rollback fact sheets with talking points are posted for many rollback actions.  Each fact sheet describes the rule at risk, the Trump Administration's proposed rollback, and suggested points to make in opposing the rollback.  For rollbacks currently open for comment, the fact sheet also includes the comment deadline, information on how to submit your comments, and a link for online submission.  Find all the fact sheets by going to the menu bar at the top of any Save EPA web page, clicking "Fighting Rule Rollbacks" and hovering your mouse pointer over "Rules Under Attack."
  4. Want the big picture?  See Save EPA's "List of Trump Administration Rollback Actions:  EPA Rules and Closely Related Rules."  It includes planned, current and past actions.
  5. Finally, these links make it easy to write your members of Congress (your representative in the House of Representatives and your two senators).  If you're willing to register with Countable, this link -- -- allows you to identify your members of Congress and send a message to all three at once.  Or, you can write them separately -- you can use or to find your members' email contact forms or snail mail addresses.  See the guide for more help.


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Proposed Rules Open For Comment

The Trump Administration has targeted many EPA regulations to be weakened or outright eliminated.  Also targeted are related rules of other agencies.  Save EPA is tracking these actions, and providing talking points to help commenters who want to resist the Trump agenda. As the people these regulations are designed to protect, we need to be loud and clear that these protections are important to us. We can’t afford to be silent while President Trump tries to take the U.S.A. backwards to a time of dirty air, polluted waters and contaminated land. 

Proposed Rules Open for Comment

 Public Comment Period Closes on April 17, 2019

The Trump Administration is proposing to find that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate HAP emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants as a step toward possible repeal of the standards.  The proposal is based on an assessment of the benefits of MATS that ignores significant monetized benefits, all of the non-monetized benefits, and significant mercury benefits that today with improved science on the behavior and effects of mercury could be monetized. 

Based on this faulty assessment, proposal askes for comments as to whether to rescind MATS. It also concludes, based on this assessment that, the residual risk to the public from mercury and other HAP emissions is “acceptable” and no tightening of the MATS requirements is warranted.

For more information on the existing rule, the proposal, suggestions for comments see: Saving MATS: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards


Public Comment Period Closes on April 15, 2019

Trump Administration has proposed removing Clean Water Act protections from a substantial portion of the nations’ streams and wetlands.  These waterbodies provide drinking water for people and habitat for many living resources.  They provide recreational opportunities for hunters and fisherman as well as outdoor enthusiasts, which in turn supports our economy.  Wetlands reduce the impacts of floods and hurricanes saving property owners and taxpayers millions of dollars annually.

Consistent with a Trump executive order, the Administration plans to repeal and replace the Obama Administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule, which was intended to clarify which waters are protected under the federal Clean Water Act.  The scope-of-coverage question has been complicated by confusing and conflicting court rulings. The 2015 clarifying rule was developed after a 200-day comment period, hundreds of meetings, and a comprehensive science review.  

Already, the Trump Administration has finalized a two-year delay of the 2015 rule and proposed its permanent repeal.  Now, the Administration is proposing a dirty water rule that would narrow the definition of "waters of the U.S."  As a factual matter, this proposal would go beyond repeal of the 2015 rule:  It would remove protections that have been in place for decades.  The Administration will accept comments on its proposal for 60 days following its publication in the Federal Register, which has been delayed by the partial federal government shutdown.  

For more information on the Clean Water Rule under attack, the proposed dirty water rule, and how to comment -- including suggested points to make -- see The Trump Administration's Dirty Water Proposal.


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2 thoughts on “Rules Under Attack”

  1. From California –

    According to conclusions of the U.S. 4th Annual Global Change Assessment, we are now in a decade that must exercise the greatest control ever on emissions of heat trapping gases. Methane standards must be upheld in all sectors because methane is 28 times more potent than carbon dioxide at warming the earth. We cannot “pay later”, we must “pay now” or see our earth be enveloped in catastropic floods, wildfires and droughts.
    Please do your job and protect our future generations.

    Wileen Ellen Sweet
    Point Reyes Station, CA

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