Today, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to set more stringent pollution standards on heavy-duty trucks. This follows up on the 2018 announcement of the administration’s “Cleaner Trucks Initiative” and represents the only step thus far the administration has made to actually, you know, do its job and reduce pollution.
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December 17, 2019 2:12 PM EDT
No, that’s not an Onion headline—a new report from the EPA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) finds that Administrator Scott Pruitt tried to rush through a regulation which would allow the new sale of trucks that lack modern pollution controls without actually considering whether that would be, you know, a bad thing. The report is clear and consistent with an administration that seems hellbent on doing whatever it can to eliminate environmental safeguards, especially when it will benefit political cronies and/or special interests.
The investigation was sparked by Senators Tom Carper and Tom Udall, who requested that the EPA OIG take a closer look at the rulemaking on glider trucks (aka #ZombieTrucks). What the EPA OIG found is damning.
November 22, 2019 1:19 PM EDT
On September 27, the Trump administration issued a new rule that purports to take away the right of California and thirteen other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from cars and light duty trucks and require increasing percentages of new car sales to be electric vehicles or other zero emitting technology.
Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists filed suit against the Trump administration for this action. UCS does not typically file lawsuits that focus on the legal authority of states and the federal government. But this suit is about much more than that. Read more >
The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health
October 22, 2019 9:39 AM EDT
A group of 20 independent experts on particulate matter air pollution, disbanded by EPA Administrator Wheeler last October and reconvened last week, has now made clear that the current particulate pollution standards don’t protect public health and welfare. Read more >
October 9, 2019 11:25 AM EDT
The current administration’s attacks on both scientists and science are unprecedented, reaching a new low a few weeks ago when the White House Chief of Staff and the Secretary of Commerce attempted to stifle NOAA employees from giving the public accurate information about the path of Hurricane Dorian. Scientists within the federal government and across the country have struggled to find ways to make sure that their vital work continues in the face of such attacks.