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EPA Nixes Trump-Era Cost-Benefit Rule for Clean Air Regulations

May 13, 2021, 2:01 PM

The EPA took action on Thursday to erase a Trump-era rule that would have made it harder for the agency to issue tighter air pollution standards.

By scrapping the rule, the Environmental Protection Agency will clear away roadblocks that could have delayed, or stopped altogether, the kinds of ambitious air regulations it wants to publish. EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said he wants to start tightening greenhouse gas emissions for vehicles through the 2026 model year in July, and issue a proposed rule for reducing methane emissions in September.

The old rule, which changed the way the EPA calculates the ...

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