Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President Trump is fulfilling his promise to remove the burden of intrusive EPA climate regulation on the US economy. But even more drastic action to curtail EPA activities is in the pipeline.
U.S. EPA staff told to prepare for Trump executive orders: sources
By David Shepardson, Timothy Gardner and Richard Valdmanis | WASHINGTON
Staff at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been told that President Donald Trump is preparing a handful of executive orders to reshape the agency, to be signed once a new administrator is confirmed, two sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Wednesday.
A senior EPA official who had been briefed by members of the Trump administration mentioned the executive orders at a meeting of staffers in the EPA’s Office of General Counsel on Tuesday, but did not provide details about what the orders would say, said the sources, who asked not to be named.
“It was just a heads-up to expect some executive orders, that’s it,” one of the sources said.
EPA officials might not have much time to comply with the new rules, because of a bill which has just been introduced to Congress.
H.R.861 – To terminate the Environmental Protection Agency.
02/03/2017 Referred to House Science, Space, and Technology
The new EPA abolition bill is at a very early stage, and has to cross a number of hurdles before making it to the desk of President Trump. But returning power and responsibility for clean air and water to the states, reducing federal interference in everyday affairs, is likely to be a very attractive proposition for President Trump and his supporters.