Federal Roundup: Trump’s First #100Days Edition

Federal Roundup: Trump’s First #100Days Edition

The news is a buzz this week with assessing President Trump’s first 100 days in office. NPR did a great Q&A with Cokie Roberts about this Presidential benchmark and its significance, if any. I have been doing my best to keep you all up to speed since day one of the new administration and how actions at the executive and federal level are affecting clean air and health. It has been a very busy first 100 days to track, sadly mostly not in a good …

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Federal Roundup: Recent Executive and Legislative Actions

Federal Roundup: Recent Executive and Legislative Actions

It’s been a few weeks since I updated everyone on executive and legislative actions. Sadly, this is not because there has been nothing to update; so this will be a long one! However, one reason this update is delayed is because I attended an inspiring conference two weeks ago that replenished my “hope budget” and gave me new energy to tackle the many and ever-growing attacks on clean air. Since I blogged last month, several new developments have cropped up and we have new updates:

New …

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Federal Roundup for March 6

Federal Roundup for March 6

Wondering what’s been going on since I blogged about the most recent updates two weeks ago? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This is the latest installment in our series on federal executive and legislative actions. Several new developments have cropped up and we have new updates.

New Developments
January 30
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (E.O. 13771)

President Trump signed this Executive Order that aims to offset the number and cost of new regulations. It says, “for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior regulations be identified for elimination.” Many have pointed out …

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Federal Roundup for February 17, 2017

Federal Roundup for February 17, 2017

As promised, we are continuing a series to keep you updated about executive and legislative actions in this new administration. I blogged about the most recent updates last week, and we are still encouraging you to oppose Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. Several new developments have cropped up and we have updates from last week:

New Developments
February 7: Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act (H.R.958)

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced the Wasteful EPA Programs Elimination Act on Thursday, saying it would save $7.5 billion annually. That would leave …

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Federal Roundup for February 8, 2017

Federal Roundup for February 8, 2017

The first few weeks of the new administration have been very eventful. I blogged about the REINS Act a few weeks ago, and we are encouraging you to oppose Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator. However, many other things have happened at the executive and legislative level since then. To help you keep up, here is a roundup of executive and legislative actions in the first three weeks of the new administration:

January 24: Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017 (H.R. 637)

Alabama’s very own Gary Palmer (R-Birmingham) sponsored a …

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EPA Makes Positive Changes to Comply with Civil Rights Act, but Uncertainty Remains

EPA Makes Positive Changes to Comply with Civil Rights Act, but Uncertainty Remains

On December 29, 2016, the EPA withdrew a proposed rule to amend its nondiscrimination regulation regarding compliance information for Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Last year Gasp weighed in on the proposed changes and objected to the removal of deadlines in the proposed rule. We are happy to report that EPA considered Gasp’s and other groups’ comments opposing this change and has decided to withdraw the proposed amendments.

EPA is also moving enforcement of external compliance with Title VI from the Office of Civil Rights …

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REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

REINS Act Could Spell Disaster for Clean Air

Today the 115th Congress convened in Washington. Experts and policy wonks anticipate that the House of Representatives is likely to pass H.R. 427, “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017” — better known as the REINS Act.

This bill passed the house last July, but never made progress in the Senate. However, President-Elect Donald Trump supports the REINS Act, and with Republicans controlling both the House and Senate, we have never been closer to the REINS Act becoming law.

Put simply, the REINS …

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Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Tell Your Senator to Vote Yes on 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

Earlier this month, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate to shift America to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The goal of this resolution is to help consumers, support the economy and national security and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

The average temperature on Earth “has risen by 1.5°F over the past century, and is projected to rise another 0.5 to 8.6°F over the next hundred years,” according to the EPA. This could lead to catastrophic …

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EPA Releases final Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

EPA Releases final Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda

On Thursday, the EPA released its final EJ 2020 Action Agenda. EPA’s stated vision is to integrate environmental justice into everything that they do, cultivate strong partnerships to improve on-the-ground results, and chart a path forward for achieving better environmental outcomes and reducing disparities in the nation’s most overburdened communities.

In July, Gasp submitted comments on the draft agenda. We focused our comments on several, specific aspects of the plan:

Chapter 3: Permitting: In the Draft Agenda, EPA asserted that EPA permit writers will consider whether there …

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Did the Colonial Pipeline Gas Spill Affect Birmingham’s Air Quality?

Did the Colonial Pipeline Gas Spill Affect Birmingham’s Air Quality?

On September 9, 2016, during a routine check of an inactive coal mine in the area, an inspector for the Alabama Surface Mining Commission discovered oily residue on the surface of a retention pond and noted a strong gasoline smell. Colonial Pipeline Company says “Line 1,” which is responsible for shipping 1.3 million barrels of gasoline each day to the East Coast, was leaking underground. It is currently unclear when the leak began, but the line was reportedly shut down within 20 minutes of learning …

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