Politics Biden EPA to reconsider Trump rollback on power plant pollution in 2022
Science matters: Thankfully, EPA leadership once again agrees
The commitment to science-driven decision-making was buried during the Trump administration, but the new administration is getting it right. © Getty Images Science matters: Thankfully, EPA leadership once again agrees During the last five years of my 38-year career as scientist at EPA, I served as director of the EPA office that directs the SAB and CASAC. These committees provide invaluable and independent advice to the EPA administrator on critical issues such as setting air pollution standards at levels that protect people's health.
The Biden administration will take aim at a that critics argued would allow dangerous substances including arsenic and mercury to leach into waterways from coal-fired power plants.
The EPA said in a notice on its website that in the fall of 2022, it will propose a rule to consider more stringent protections but will keep the current rules in place for the time being.
In a statement, EPA Administrator Michael Regan defended the action, saying that the agency "determined that moving forward with implementing the existing regulations would ensure that water resources are protected now, while we quickly move to strengthen water quality protections and further reduce power plant pollution."
Biden and White House sharpen strategy to confront epic challenges
Joe Biden's presidency is only six months old, but the mood inside the White House can often feel like a race against time. © Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. "The clock is running. We all know that," a senior adviser to Biden said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The President certainly knows that.
Meanwhile, some environmental critics said they wished the EPA would move to get rid of the Trump rule more quickly.
Video: Carbon offsets private market is completely unregulated, says policy expert (CNBC)
"The promise to start rulemaking over a year from now ... leaves this entire 'commitment' pretty hollow," Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said via email.
In 2015, the Obama administration set requirements for treating discharges of toxic pollution from power plants.
The Trump rule loosened requirements for certain pollution streams, delayed the implementation of these changes and exempted some plants.
Nevertheless, the Trump administration claimed that its rule would actually reduce pollution because it expected power plants to participate in a voluntary incentive program for installing pollution controls.
Critics expressed skepticism about whether enough plants would participate in the program.
6 experts give a letter grade on Biden-Harris administration's handling of immigration thus far .
Most critiqued the administration's continuation of Title 42. The CDC today confirmed with The New York Times that it would continue the policy.Since President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took office more than six months ago, their administration's immigration policies and campaign promises have often been in the spotlight.