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The Media Has Characterized the Trump Environments Protection Agency (EPA) Changes as Massive. What is the Reality?

March 4, 2017, armchairpoliticianepa, Brad Peery, ArmchairPolitician.US

The most immediate EPA change is the freezing of new regulation adoption, and the requirement that 2 regulations be eliminated. An example of such a regulatory impact is the freezing of a new regulation, in which Open4Politics is involved, that would require dentists to eliminate mercury from their waste emissions.

Other policy issues are on the table.

Another change could be EPA budget changes. The EPA is forecasted to be $8.3 billion in fiscal 2017. As much as a 25% reduction has been discussed in the media. This would save about $2.1 billion. With respect to the budget, this is a very small amount compared to a $54 billion increase in defense spending. It has also been suggested that EPA employment would decline by about 3.000 employees, or about 20%.

The Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) has been directed to review and reconsider the controversial Waters of the U.S. rule. This rule change is expected to take a long time, since it will be handled on a case-by-case basis as permits are required.

The Supreme Court has issued a decision on which wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. It set a new test for when a water body should be covered. Anthony Scalia issued a much narrower opinion on navigable waters, and the ACA has been directed consider this opinion. Any changes would have to go through a lengthy rulemaking process.

ArmchairPolitician.US Will Address EPA Changes Proposed for the Energy Sector, Including Coal, In a Future Post

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