President Trump may be having trouble getting Congress to adopt his agenda, but he has more control over federal agencies.  The Trump Administration is taking dead aim at regulations that protect people’s lives, livelihoods and communities - including regulations that protect our public health and environment. Fortunately, no president can roll back regulations by fiat. The Trump Administration must go through the same process that’s used for making regulations, and that process gives everyone the opportunity to participate. 

We've developed a how-to manual with insights and advice on HOW to to participate in a rulemaking process. It is a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations who want to make their voices heard. Learn more about "A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Deregulatory Agendahere, and download your own PDF copy of the guide.  

Below, you can see which EPA rollback proposals are now open for comment, with links to information about the rules and suggested talking points for commenters.

You can see a list of Trump Administration rollback proposals (planned, current and past) here.

Our talking points also include suggestions on how to speak out to your Congressional representatives about public health and environmental protection rollbacks.   Use this link to find the email contact forms or snail mail addresses of your three members of Congress -- your two U.S. senators and your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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Rules Now 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. 

The Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule - Repeal and Replacement

The Methane and Waste Prevention Rule -- Proposed Repeal and Replacement

Comment Deadline:  April 23, 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed to roll back a November 2016 rule that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued to reduce waste of natural gas from flaring, venting, and leaks from oil and gas production on public and tribal lands.  The rule's requirements are designed  to limit waste of federal natural gas resources and avoid loss of royalty payments to federal, state and tribal governments for the sale of oil and gas resources.  The rule has the additional benefit of reducing air pollutant emissions that drive climate change and smog.

On December 8, 2017, the BLM delayed implementation of almost every substantive provision of the Waste Prevention Rule for 18 months, until January 17, 2019.  Now the Trump Administration is proposing to remove almost all the substantive requirements of the Waste Prevention Rule.  In their place, BLM would reestablish, but weaken, the almost 40-year-old minimal requirements that had been in place before the Waste Prevention Rule.

The proposal to repeal the 2016 rule was published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2018.  The deadline for public comment on the proposed repeal is April 23, 2018.  For more information, see Defending the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule Against Repeal.

For more information on the prior delay proposal, see Defending the Methane and Waste Prevention Rule Against Delay.

Defending Air Pollution Controls for the Oil and Gas Sector -- Existing Equipment

Comment Deadline: April 23, 2018

The Trump EPA has proposed to withdraw guidelines that assist states in controlling air pollution from the oil and natural gas industry and trigger related clean air planning requirements in many areas with ozone smog problems.  The withdrawal would set back efforts to control air pollution from existing equipment in the oil and natural gas industry.

The oil and natural gas sector is the nation's biggest source of emissions of chemicals called "volatile organic compounds" that react in the atmosphere to form ozone smog, which is linked to premature death and respiratory ailments.  If left in place, EPA estimates, the guideline would result in pollution reductions each year of more than 64,000 tons of smog-forming  VOCs, nearly 200,000 tons of climate-changing methane, and 2,400 tons of hazardous air pollutants linked to a variety of serious health effects.

The guidelines assist states in cutting pollution by providing information on recommended control techniques for VOCs that are emitted by a wide range of operations and equipment in the oil and gas sector.  States can choose different control approaches than suggested by the non-binding “control techniques guidelines” (CTG).

But in addition, when EPA issues a CTG, the Clean Air Act requires states to revise their clean air plans to require “reasonably available control technology” for oil and gas industry equipment that is covered by the CTG and located in certain areas with ozone smog problems.  Withdrawal of the CTG would mean that, as a practical matter, much uncontrolled or under-controlled oil and gas industry equipment in those areas would continue to emit pollution without reasonably available controls.

EPA will accept comments on the proposal to withdraw the CTG until April 23, 2018.  For more information on the CTG, the proposed rollback, and how to comment -- including suggested talking points -- see Defending Air Pollution Controls for the Oil and Gas Sector -- Existing Equipment.

Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

Comment Deadline Extended to April 26, 2018

After holding a public hearing in Charleston, WV, on November 28 and 29, 2017, EPA plans three "listening sessions."

For details, visit the EPA web site's listening sessions page.

February 21, 2018 -- Kansas City, MO

February 28, 2018 -- San Francisco, CA

March 27, 2018 -- Gillette, WY

Despite the serious impacts of climate change now and in the future, the Trump administration is proposing to repeal the federal rule issued to control our country's biggest source of climate pollution -- fossil-fuel-fired power plants.  The Administration has proposed to repeal the rule now and consider whether to replace it later.

The proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the next step in implementation of President Trump's March 28 Executive Order titled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth." The order calls for review and revision or repeal of many climate rules and policies.

The CPP was developed after years of extensive public engagement that explored how best to establish requirements under the Clean Air Act to limit climate-changing carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from the power sector.  The rule establishes emission targets and provides each state with flexibility to design its own plan for cutting CO2 pollution from fossil-fuel-fired power plants.  By 2030, the CPP would help achieve a 32 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from the power sector relative to the 2005 level.  CO2 reduction strategies also would cut emissions of other air pollutants that are associated with increases in heart attacks, hospital admissions for asthma attacks, and deaths.

EPA’s 2015 analysis shows that the health, environmental and other economic benefits of the CPP are large, dwarfing the costs to comply. The net benefits (the benefits minus costs) were estimated to range from between $26 billion to $45 billion in 2030.  The Trump administration has produced a new economic analysis that omits some benefits and changes key assumptions, producing a different assessment to support the repeal.

EPA will accept public comments on the proposal to repeal the CPP until April 26, 2018.  For more information on this rollback proposal, the public hearing, and how to comment, see Defending the Clean Power Plan.

Defending Safeguards for Coal Ash Disposal

Comment by April 30, 2018

Coal ash (or coal combustion residuals, CCR) is one of the largest categories of industrial waste in the United States.  Created when coal is burned by utilities to produce electricity, coal ash includes mercury, arsenic and other hazardous contaminants.  According to the EPA, 470 power plants generated about 110 million tons of coal ash in 2012.  When not managed properly, the storage and disposal areas for coal ash can pose serious environmental and health risks.  For example, a 2008 spill in Tennessee and another spill in 2014 in North Carolina had devastating impacts on watersheds, nearby homes, and public health.  As of 2014, there have been 208 known cases of coal-ash spills and contamination.

In 2015, the EPA issued a rule to reduce the risks of disposal of coal ash, which contains mercury, arsenic and other hazardous contaminants.  But in response to requests for the utility industry, the Trump Administration has proposed the first of two rules that would weaken the health and environmental protection that the coal ash rule provides. 

EPA will accept public comments on the proposal to weaken the coal ash rule until April 30, 2018.  For more information on this rollback proposal, the April 24 public hearing in the D.C. area, and how to comment -- including suggested talking points -- see Defending Health and Environmental Safeguards for Coal Ash Disposal.

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