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Biden repeals Trump-era regulation that it said weakened the government’s ability to curb air pollution

The Biden administration’s latest Trump-era policy repeal targets the government’s ability to curb air pollution. 

Weeks before former President Trump left office, his administration established the Benefit-Cost Rule which altered the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) method for determining strict standards and public health protections on air pollution. The new administration and the EPA believe that the policy undermined the agency’s ability to regulate air pollution and protect the environment as well as maintain public health. The agency claimed that the regulation hindered its “ability to use the best available science in developing Clean Air Act regulations.”

Michael Regan, the agency’s administrator, said, “EPA has critical authority under the Clean Air Act to protect the public from harmful air pollution, among other threats to our health. Revoking this unnecessary and misguided rule is proof positive of this administration’s commitment to science.”

Trump EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler defended his administration’s costs and benefits policy, saying it allowed the agency to operate in a “transparent fashion.”

On his first day in office, President Biden signed Executive Order 13990, which directed the EPA to reconsider all policies made under the previous administration. This encompasses over 100 environmental regulations. 

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ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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