by Countable | 12.20.17
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."
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?
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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.
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!
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
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.
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.
Get rid of the whole government. None of you are working for the American people. Vote them all out of office.
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.
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.
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.
A 21 yr old died stripping a bathtub using these chemicals. THAT ALONE demands rules, warnings, precautions and safety standards be paramount.
I have no words. There will be a reckoning.
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!
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!
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!
Come on now do your job and protect us not big business. How can you sleep at night?
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.
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.
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.
Do your jobs and protect our health! Every time you R’s get in office you strip our protections from cancer causing agents. We are literally SICK of and BECAUSE of you!!!! The EPA needs to be an agency devoid of influence by corporations. You have utterly “swamped” it.
This is a minor but symbolic action that being allowed to progress, would be just beginning of measures to roll back protections for the environment and regulations for sustainability to give large companies the go ahead to continue with profit based exploitation of the people and our environment. If this is not stopped, only larger injustices will be permitted to happen under the guise of growing the economy. There are other ways to grow the economy other than raping the environment and putting its plants, animals, and people at risk. Please do not allow this to happen. What is really happening here? Why should products ever be allowed to be inefficient in anyway, and if they are, should those buying them be allowed to be misled or manipulated into thinking that it’s worth buying? These regulations are meant to protect, so by rolling back regulations, who is losing protection? Who is gaining protection, and for what? Please do not leave the Environment and its multiplicities of life vulnerable.