EPA Moves to Narrow Interpretation of Clean Air Act

by | Jun 19, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to Clean Air Act implementation that will make it harder for environmentalists to hold polluters accountable under the law. The proposed rule would “ensure that information regarding the benefits and costs of regulatory decisions is provided and considered in a consistent and transparent manner.” It’s vague enough to both trigger decisions that weigh economics above environmental impacts, and to enable regulators to question data around air pollution, a key tactic the fossil fuel industry has deployed for decades. Status: Proposed rule released June 4, 2020. Public comment period closes July 2, 2020.

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Amy Westervelt is the editor-in-chief of Drilled News, creator and host of the Drilled podcast, and founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek's Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. An award-winning print and audio journalist, Amy has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. She is the 2015 winner of the Rachel Carson award for "women greening journalism," and a 2016 winner of an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, the Drilled podcast won the Online News Association's "Excellence in Audio Storytelling" award.

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