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  • Trump Follows Through on Deregulation, but at What Cost?

    June 23, 2017 – The Hill (Opinion)

    Eliminating regulatory safeguards will erase tangible public health and environmental benefits, making the public worse off. Rather than analyze these societal costs, President Trump’s agency heads have suspended rules in a flurry of deregulatory actions, without calculating or even acknowledging the effects.

  • DOL Rule Delay Faces High Hurdle

    May 18, 2017 – Barron’s

    “A new delay would essentially amount to an effective repeal and that is something that would have to be justified,” Bethany Davis Noll, an attorney with the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, tells the publication. “Labor has a huge burden to overcome if they want to delay this.”

  • Here’s How the EPA Can Help States With Their Smog Problems

    May 12, 2017 – The Washington Post (Opinion)

    Under Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, Maryland has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency for help bringing ozone pollution in the state to a safe level. Granting this request should be a no-brainer for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

  • EPA Committed to Regulating Mercury 17 Years Ago. Now It’s Having Second Thoughts.

    May 4, 2017 – Grist (Opinion)

    It’s already been almost 17 years since the EPA first concluded that it should issue a rule limiting mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. It’s been more than five years since the agency actually did issue such a rule. And it’s been more than two years since the nation’s power plants started complying with the rule. All along the way, the EPA, states, power companies, and public health and environmental groups have been fighting about the rule in court. They show no signs of stopping anytime soon.

  • Stealth Repeal: Trump’s Strategy to Roll Back Regulations Through Delay

    May 2, 2017 – The Hill (Opinion)

    It’s no secret that the Trump administration would like to undo as much of Obama’s environmental legacy as possible by rescinding or repealing regulations. Under the law, that process is difficult, but Trump’s agency heads now seem to be looking for an easy way to undo rules without officially rescinding or repealing them.

  • Make Economics at the FCC Great Again

    April 14, 2017 – Technology Policy Institute

    Most of us employ informal cost-benefit analysis (CBA)—or what Benjamin Franklin described as weighing pros and cons—whenever we make decisions in our daily lives. It seems fair to expect federal agencies to do the same when considering new rules. Surprisingly, though, some agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), are not required to engage in CBA before issuing a rule.

  • A Subtle Attack on the Environment

    March 2, 2017 – U.S. News & World Report (Opinion)

    President Donald Trump and newly confirmed EPA administrator Scott Pruitt appear poised to make sweeping environmental policy changes. But strong environmental regulations remain widely popular. Perhaps as a result, the Trump administration may take a subtle approach in attacking environmental rules. Pruitt and other administration officials appear interested in rewriting guidelines for regulatory analysis and they could cook the books so that environmental protections appear to have few or no benefits and exaggerated costs. The results would be sinister, undermining many current and future safeguards for the environment, workplace safety and other important social issues.

  • Trump’s Court Pick May Be Obstacle to His Anti-Regulatory Moves

    February 2, 2017 – Bloomberg

    Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch has been a vigorous critic of the so-called “Chevron doctrine” that gives federal agencies latitude when interpreting ambiguous laws. “Chevron deference became really important in the later part of the Obama administration because Congress hadn’t acted on a number of environmental issues in a while,” said Denise Grab, a senior attorney with Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry About the Supreme Court’s Latest Environmental Ruling

    July 1, 2015 – Grist

    The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, also known as “MATS,” are the culmination of a very long regulatory process.

  • What the Supreme Court’s EPA Decision Means for the Mercury Rule and Clean Power Plan

    June 30, 2015 – The Hill

    In the final ruling of an historic Supreme Court term, the Obama administration was handed a loss on Monday, but the fallout will likely be minimal. In a 5-4 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should have considered costs when it first began the regulatory process for its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.