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Administration Delaying Rules At EPA & Energy Department

by Countable | 12.20.17

What’s the story?

In pursuit of the administration’s deregulation agenda, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Energy Department are reported to be delaying rules with consumer, environmental and public health implications.

The Washington Post reports that the Energy Department is delaying updating rules that are part of the appliance standards program, which regulates efficiency standards for common household appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.

The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 created the standards program, and the Obama administration kicked into overdrive in response to concerns about energy usage and climate change. Updating of the standards every six years, or some official decision not to do so, is required by law.

Energy efficiency also helps consumers. Advocates who are suing to unfreeze rules that were introduced late in the last administration and put on ice indefinitely by the current administration could save consumers as much as $24 billion over the next three decades.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reports that the EPA has delayed final formulation of rules banning certain uses of three common consumer chemicals. The proposed bans concern methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), ingredients in paint strippers, and trichloroethylene (TCE), used as a spot cleaner in dry-cleaning and as a degreasing agent.

A 21-year old died recently stripping a bathtub using the chemicals.

The bans were allowed to be fast tracked through updates in 2016 of the Toxic Substances Control Act, but the EPA under the Trump administration has resisted using the regulatory powers afforded them by the bipartisan legislation.

The EPA has not made official comments on the bans, but stated earlier in December that the agency maintains a, "commonsense, balanced approach [which] carefully protects both public health and the environment while curbing unnecessary regulatory burdens that stifle economic growth for communities across the country."

What do you think?

Is the administration throwing the baby out with the bathwater, threatening consumers, public health and the environment, in pursuit of smaller government? Or are they benefitting the country long term by reducing the federal government, allowing the economy to flourish? Or is there some middle way that prioritizes some regulatory functions of government over others?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Texas Climate News)

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  • Truly
    12/20/2017
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    These regulations do not hurt the economy and save money and lives. I hope the bribes these people have taken are worth it. They have sold their souls and if karma has its way should lose everything soon. Hopefully when they are removed they will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

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  • Donna
    12/20/2017
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    Stop this freakin bullshit and start taking care of the citizens of this country. Regulations help protect AMERICANS. We won't have to worry about any foreign power destroying our country or any terrorist killing our citizens. Our government is doing that for them. As a candidate trump promised he would keep Americans safe. I didn't think at the time he honestly meant only the 1% --- you know, those who don't do their own housework or need to worry about energy savings or give a crap about the environment. This campaign against Americans is heartless, unethical and disgraceful. They apparently don't understand they actually need us common people to staff their companies, build their products and clean their country clubs. After all, with the massive crackdown on legal immigration, there won't be many left willing to do their dirty work. MAGA my ass!

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  • KansasTamale
    12/20/2017
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    Just another method to take us back to the smoggy, environmental disaster of the 1970s. This administration is not only ruining OUR COUNTRY, but the consequences of the uncaring attitude of this administration will bleed over into the rest of the world. We’re the only country to not try to save our planet. How sad & embarrassing. This administration is an embarrassment that will take ages to recover our pride

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  • NoHedges
    12/20/2017
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    Of course they're, they wouldn't want upset their wealthy donors by doing what is right for our environment. Bottom line is all they care about.

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  • Gerald
    12/20/2017
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    “...allowing the economy to flourish”...Of course. Funeral homes, morticians, cancer clinics, expensive and very profitable chemotherapy drug usage, etc. Jobs, jobs, jobs. Why would we restrict chemicals that might harm us when it would be a benefit to the economy. Give the chemical industry a break. Their tax reduction isn’t enough profit. As far as global climate change it is reassuring that Rick Perry is the head of the department of energy and I am sure he will make intelligent decisions if he can remember what they are.

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  • Deirdre
    12/21/2017
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    Get rid of the whole government. None of you are working for the American people. Vote them all out of office.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/21/2017
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    The GOP are crusaders for there sick religion devoted to capitalism. It is no surprise they see our planet as a resource to plunder for there false idol. Unfortunately capitalism has shown not only to destroy any means of living within its reach other than strict adherence to its doctrine, but after its failure, leaves the land stripped and incapable of sustaining people in a natural way.

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  • John
    12/21/2017
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    It seems this administration puts a price on people's safety, health and wellbeing... its disgusting. If it was their family and loved ones being affected by their actions I wonder if they would be so keen in what they do.

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  • Daniel
    12/21/2017
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    EPA & Energy These regulations do not hurt the economy and save money and lives. I hope the bribes these people have taken are worth it. They have sold their souls and if karma has its way should lose everything soon. Hopefully when they are removed they will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally sound manner.

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  • Dara
    12/21/2017
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    Elections have consequences. This is what people voted for and this is part of those consequences. trump and his cronies look at us as cannon fodder, we are inconsequential, the little people. This is not a surprise.

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  • Promise
    12/21/2017
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    I have no words. There will be a reckoning.

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  • Sheryl
    12/21/2017
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    A 21 yr old died stripping a bathtub using these chemicals. THAT ALONE demands rules, warnings, precautions and safety standards be paramount.

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  • Betty
    12/21/2017
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    This trump regime will repeal everything it can s that business can make crappy products endangering lives. Money is all that matters to trump! He's a pig. Get him the hell out of here!

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  • Countryfirst
    12/21/2017
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    Why not line us all up( unless your the 1%, a rich ass donor or lobbyist) and shoot us..kill us quick and take ALL the money that's left over and divy that up..you are taking away everything that protects your constituents so just MURDER US AND BE DONE WITH IT!

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  • John
    12/20/2017
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    The Republicans & 45 are so incredibly arrogant. Just because they sold their morality & integrity doesn’t make them any less criminally responsible for their crimes against humanity. Remember all their crap next election!

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  • Anne
    12/21/2017
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    I don’t understand how the people in this administration live with themselves with all the harm they have caused the American people, the environment, animals, and the net! Not to mention our relationships with our allies! Regulations keep us safe! Would you prefer your food service staff not wash their hands. Is that one more over regulation??? How about looking out for us for a change. Do your job, Republicans!

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  • S
    12/21/2017
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    This admin believes in poisoning the public as evidenced by their approval for DuPont which wanted the ban on on a pesticide lifted that had been scientifically proven to cause birth defects. So it was. They want us to inhale coal particles in the air spewing from coal fired plants, They want our drinking water contaminated by mine run off. They will not want us as consumers to have appliances which use less energy, because that cuts into the revenue of big business. Lowering our energy costs, our appliance energy requirements, is a nuisance that they will over turn. One more way for this admin to wring very last nickel out of the public so it can be given to big business. Meanwhile 13 million children suffer with no health care.

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  • Tina
    12/21/2017
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    Come on now do your job and protect us not big business. How can you sleep at night?

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  • Katherine
    12/21/2017
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    Push back hard on this one please. We need good government oversight of our environment. You know that so just say so and PUSH FRICKIN back.

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  • PLD
    12/21/2017
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    To relate the following to your GOP colleagues- you took care of your big industry and 1% financial supporters with the horrendous tax bill. Would you now care half as much about the health of American citizens and the environment in which they live by renewing regulations that safeguard those factors. Thank you.

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