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 addresses of your elected Senators and Congressional 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. 

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 pubic hearing, and how to comment, see Defending the Clean Power Plan.


Advance Notice: Possible Replacement of the Clean Power Plan

Comment by February 26

In tandem with its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan – the nation’s program to cut climate-changing emissions from existing power plants -- the Trump Administration is considering whether and how to replace it.

EPA in December issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that says the Administration is considering whether to replace the Clean Power Plan, and requests public comment about issues related to the design of a potential replacement rule.

The ANPRM provides a second opportunity, in addition to the repeal proposal, for public comment on the Administration’s plan to scuttle the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the centerpiece of the previous administration’s efforts to cut climate-changing emissions. EPA finalized the CPP in August 2015 to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal- and gas-fired electric power plants.

The ANPRM makes clear that any Trump Administration replacement rule would achieve far less emissions reduction than could be achieved through the CPP. Yet any credible effort to cut climate-changing emissions must substantially cut emissions from power plants, the nation’s largest single source carbon dioxide pollution.

For more information on the ANPRM, how to comment by the February 26 deadline, and talking points, see Advance Notice:  Possible Replacement of the Clean Power Plan.

For more information on the CPP repeal proposal, how to comment by the April 26 deadline, and talking points, see Defending the Clean Power Plan.

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