|2017-05-22||EPA Stays Rules Establishing Methane Standards for Landfills||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a 90-day administrative stay of two rules that established methane emission standards for new and existing landfills, pending its reconsideration of the rules pursuant to EO 13783: Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.
|2017-05-10||Senate Rejects CRA Resolution to Repeal Methane Waste Rule||Congressional action||EPA||
The Senate voted against a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution (S.J. Res 11) to repeal the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s methane waste prevention rule using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
|2017-04-13||EPA Seeks Input on Rules to Repeal, Replace or Modify||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a Federal Register notice seeking public input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification. This input is intended to help inform EPA’s response to President Trump’s Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth. Comments will be accepted through May 15, 2017.
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of Clean Power Plan||Regulatory action||EPA||
EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Clean Power Plan.
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of GHG Standards for New and Modified Power Plants||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New, Modified, and Reconstructed Electric Generating Units
|2017-04-04||EPA Initiates Review of Methane Standards for Oil and Gas Sector||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it is reviewing and, if appropriate, will initiate proceedings to suspend, revise or rescind the methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas facilities.
|2017-04-03||EPA Withdraws Proposed Rules that Accompanied Clean Power Plan||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew two proposed rules that would have supplemented the Clean Power Plan final rule and provided support for the development of state plans: (i) a rule establishing federal plans and model rules for implementing the GHG emission guidelines for existing power plants, and (ii) a rule concerning details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP).
|2017-03-30||Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Executive Order on Climate Change||Congressional action||All, BLM, DOI, EPA||
Thirty-six house democrats introduced a bill to overturn President Trump’s “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” order. The “Congressional Leadership in Mitigating Administration Threats to the Earth (CLIMATE) Act” (H.R. 1812) declares the president’s document null and void and would prohibit federal funds for implementing, administering or enforcing it. Democratic senators have also introduced companion legislation.
|2017-03-28||Trump Issues Executive Order on Climate Change||Executive Order||All, BLM, DOI, EPA||
President Trump issued an executive order aimed at dismantling many of the key actions undertaken at the federal level to address climate change. The order directs EPA to review and potentially rescind or re-write important regulations such as the Clean Power Plan (CO2 emission standards for existing power plants), CO2 emission standards for new power plants, and methane emission standards for the oil and gas sector. It also revokes a number of executive orders and actions, including: guidance on calculating the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions, an imposing a moratorium on federal coal leasing, and guidance on how to account for climate change in environmental reviews.
|2017-03-15||EPA and NHTSA Announce Decision to Reconsider GHG Standards for Light Duty Vehicles||Regulatory action||EPA, NHTSA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced their intention to reconsider the greenhouse gas emission standards for light duty vehicles model years 2022-2025. The decision reverses course from EPA’s January 2017 determination that no change in the standards was warranted.
|2017-03-02||EPA Withdraws Request for Oil and Gas Industry to Submit Data on Methane Controls||Regulatory action||EPA||
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has withdrawn a 2016 Information Collection Request (ICR) which directed existing oil and gas facilities and operators to provide data needed to help the agency determine how to best reduce methane and other harmful emissions from existing sources in the large and complex oil and natural gas industry.
|2017-02-07||Bill Introduced in House to Eliminate EPA Programs||Congressional action||EPA||
Rep. Johnson (R-TX-3) introduced a bill (H.R.958) “to eliminate certain programs of the Environmental Protection Agency, and for other purposes.”
|2017-02-03||House Introduces Bill to Terminate Environmental Protection Agency||Congressional action||EPA||
Rep. Gaetz (R-FL-1) introduced a bill (H.R. 861) to terminate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
|2017-02-03||Senate Introduces Resolution to Overturn Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Update to 2008 NAAQS||Congressional action||EPA||
A joint resolution was introduced in the Senate (S.J.Res. 21) to overturn the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) update to the 2008 Ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) using the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
|2017-02-01||Bills Introduced in House and Senate to Delay Implementation of 2015 Ozone Standards||Congressional action||EPA||
Two bills were introduced in the Senate (S.263) and House (H.R.806) to delay implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2015 Ozone Standards.
|2017-01-31||House Introduces Bill to Limit Renewable Fuel Mandates||Congressional action||EPA||
A bill (H.R. 776) was introduced in the house to require that until a comprehensive study is completed, the volume of cellulosic biofuel mandated under the renewable fuel program be limited to what is commercially available.
|2017-01-24||House Introduces Bill to Prevent Federal Agencies From Regulating Greenhouse Gases Under Existing Laws||Congressional action||EPA, FWS, NMFS||
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL-6) introduced a bill entitled “Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017” (H.R. 637). The purpose of the bill is to prevent EPA and other agencies from using their existing statutory authority federal to regulate greenhouse gases.
|2017-01-20||Regulatory Freeze Delays New Energy Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Standards||Presidential Memorandum||DOE, EPA, White House||
The Trump Administration issued a Presidential Memorandum entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” which directs all agencies to postpone the publication of new and pending regulations to give the administration time to review those regulations. The freeze affects the latest renewable fuel standards from EPA as well as energy efficiency standards recently finalized by DOE.