Prospects for the Biden EPA’s ambitious plans with a closely divided Congress

Inside EPA's Outlook 2021 is our extensive and exclusive special report on the year ahead for environmental policy, and the extent to which President-elect Joe Biden and Democrats will be able to achieve their ambitious policies on climate change, water, toxics, and other issues. The closely divided Congress -- where Democrats will have a narrow lead in the House and appear set to narrowly control the Senate -- could put some limits on Biden’s ability to implement a sweeping environmental agenda. And even though President Donald Trump is leaving office, fights over his deregulatory policies will continue at EPA, in federal courts and in Congress. Opponents of the rollbacks are urging Biden to scrap such measures or stop defending them, but some legal hurdles and other barriers to swiftly undoing top Trump EPA actions remain. As in prior years, this report focuses on the legislation, litigation and rulemaking efforts in the coming year on major air, climate, toxics, water, waste, and other policies.

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