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Industry, GOP Seek To Allay Pruitt Fears That Paris Undercuts CPP Rollback

Industry and Republican officials are seeking to allay EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's concerns that continued United States participation in the Paris Agreement would undermine his efforts to roll back key Obama-era climate rules like the agency's power plant greenhouse gas limits -- arguing that the global pact does not dictate any particular regulatory program.

EPW Hearing Shows Procedural Pitfalls For Trump's CWA Jurisdiction Rule

Democratic senators and the Obama EPA's former top water official at an April 26 environment panel hearing said the Trump administration faces significant procedural pitfalls in crafting a rule to replace the Obama-era Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction rule, including legal hurdles and a need to conduct extensive new research for it.

Free-Market Group Defends CRA's Legality From Environmentalists' Attack

A free-market group is laying out an early rebuttal to environmentalists' novel court challenge to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), previewing arguments the Trump administration and its allies could raise as they defend the constitutionality of the CRA resolutions Congress has used to invalidate 13 Obama-era regulations.

Critics Fear EPA Budget Will Spur State Race To The Bottom On Enforcement

Preliminary Trump administration plans to cut EPA enforcement spending on delegated programs risk a race to the bottom on environmental compliance that could hamper state as well as federal enforcement and create competitive disadvantage for companies that comply with environmental laws, a former agency official and other observers say.