EPA Setbacks Re: Obama Administration Regulation Rollbacks

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt has been working quickly to repeal a list of environmental regulations from the last administration. States and environmental groups have taken EPA to court multiple times in the last few months to block deregulations, leading to some setbacks for the agency. Last Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck down EPA’s 90-day implementation delay and ordered them to enforce the Obama-era regulation to limit the amount of methane in oil and gas wells. According to New York Magazine, EPA has also backed down on its decision to delay requirements to reduce ground-level ozone to 70 parts per billion by one year. This decision followed immediately after 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on the grounds that the delay violates the Clean Air Act.

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