Federal court blocks Trump EPA on air pollution

4 Jul 2017   USA

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks to the media during the daily briefing at the White House on June 2. A federal appeals court in Washington ruled Monday that Pruitt overstepped his authority in trying to delay implementation of a 2016 rule requiring oil and gas companies to monitor and reduce methane leaks. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) An appeals court Monday struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new emission standards on oil and gas wells , a decision that could set back the Trump administration’s broad legal strategy for rolling back Obama-era rules. In a 2-to-1 ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the EPA had the right to reconsider a 2016 rule limiting methane and smog-forming pollutants emitted by oil and gas wells but could not delay the effective date while it sought to rewrite the regulation. The agency has […]

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