The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt made an announcement on Monday that he will revoke Obama-era standards that could change the US auto fleet for years. The EPA said the Clean Air Act standards were ‘too high,’ challenging California and setting up a potential break between the state and the federal government.
Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, took the stand on Capitol Hill on Thursday to answer Democrats’ questions about ethical lapses and accusations of personal spending at the expense of taxpayers. Pruitt denied the allegations saying, ‘I have nothing to hide,’ gaining sympathy from Republicans. Pruitt’s supporters believe his performance spared his reputation.
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environment Protection Agency, issued new rules Tuesday blocking Scientists who receive EPA funding from serving on panels that counsel the agency on scientific decisions. Being one of the largest environmental research funders, the move will effectively bar a large number of experts from advising the agency on environmental regulations.
The US government sent 7 delegates to the global climate summit meeting in Bonn, Germany, this week. Last week it was reported that the US may want to leave the Paris Climate agreement. The summit will confirm whether the US plans to stay or leave the deal. There are no legal repercussions if the US do decide to leave the deal.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced that the chief of the agency, Scott Pruitt, signed a measure revoking President Barack Obama’s policy aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Reference was made to the creation of new rules regarding greenhouse gas emissions, but no timeframe specified. Withdrawal of Obama’s Clean Power Plan poses difficulty for US compliance with the Paris climate agreement.
The federal government filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on Tuesday, accusing it of using illegal engine-control software to enable its diesel-powered vehicles to pass emissions tests. The filing occurred days after Fiat Chrysler proposed a modification to the software to ensure correct test results in hopes of resolving the issue. The Environmental Protection Agency accused Fiat Chrysler in January of installing the software on about 104,000 Ram pickup trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicles sold from 2014 through 2016.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to set aside $12 million for buyouts and early retirements in coming months, as part of an effort to begin reshaping the agency’s workforce under the Trump administration. Roughly $24 million was unspent by the agency making it a “carryover” fund which was not spent in the last fiscal year and will be added onto the current one. Trump administration is set to release next week, indicates the administration will proceed with its plans to cut the agency’s budget by more than 31 percent compared to its current level.
The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research. In recent weeks, the agency has removed some scientific data on climate change from its websites, and Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, has publicly questioned the established science of human-caused climate change.
The Trump Administration is proposing to repeal a rule which gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation’s largest rivers, according to EPA admin Scott Pruitt. Trump claimed that the water rule was “one of the worst examples of federal regulation.”