Trump Attempts To Delay EPA Pollution Rule. Court’s Response Is Perfect
Donald Trump and his administration have been wanting to delay an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule limiting methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling, but a federal court ruled against his plans on Monday.
According to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the EPA did not meet the requirements for a 90-day stay of the Obama administration’s methane rule.
“The administrative record thus makes clear that industry groups had ample opportunity to comment on all four issues on which EPA granted reconsideration, and indeed, that in several instances the agency incorporated those comments directly into the final rule,” two of the judges on the three-judge panel wrote.
“Because it was thus not ‘impracticable’ for industry groups to have raised such objections during the notice and comment period [the Clean Air Act] did not require reconsideration and did not authorize the stay.”
The EPA was sued by environmental groups for its delay. The Environmental Defense Fund asked for quick emergency action from the court on the matter.
Attorney Tim Ballo, who represents some of the groups involved, cheered the decision as a resounding victory.
“This is a big win for public health and a wake-up call for this administration,” he said in a statement. “While Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump continue to bend over backwards to do the bidding of Big Oil, Earthjustice and our clients and partners will use every tool at our disposal to hold them fully accountable for their actions.”
Trump’s plan is to get rid of all the Obama-era environmental rules. This is bad for the environment, but Trump doesn’t care. His plan is to make millions off oil companies, no matter how badly it affects the environment.
Trump officials are unilaterally delaying regulations such as the EPA’s rules on ozone pollution, safety plans for chemical plants and methane pollution from landfills.
But Trump’s plans have been stopped in its tracks, as the D.C. court has warned the administration it would take a hard look at such delays and would allow them to proceed only if they are specifically required under the law.