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Trump’s EPA Swears Off Settling Lawsuits with Environmentalists

Oct. 16, 2017, 2:11 PM

The Trump administration moved Oct. 16 to curb settlements with environmentalists, instead vowing to fight cases designed to force the Environmental Protection Agency to take action.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is ending a “sue-and-settle” practice that has resulted in committing the agency to regulating greenhouse gas emissions or mercury pollution from power plants.

“It’s very important that we do not engage in rulemaking through litigation,” Pruitt told reporters at an Oct. 16 briefing. “As of today with this directive and the memorandum, we’re no longer going to be involved in that practice.”

Pruitt vowed to avoid “regulation through ...