The rule that aims to significantly lower ozone pollution levels established during the Obama presidency may soon be repealed, according to Trump administration officials Friday.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to review the 2015 rule. The Justice Department has already asked the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reschedule arguments in a case against the Obama rule while the EPA reviews the law.
Under the existing rule, the allowable concentration of ozone is reduced from 75 parts per billion to 70. Republicans believe this rule would be damaging to the economy and will hold back growth in the energy industry. President Donald Trump is yet to weigh in on the regulation.
Late last month, Trump issued an executive order directing the EPA and other federal agencies to dial back regulations that limit the use and production of coal.
The Daily Caller reports:
The Trump administration’s request comes after a coalition of Republicans and Democrats pushed legislation in February aiming to roll back EPA rules on ground-level ozone, essentially targeting the agency’s most expensive rules.
The bill would push back the implementation date of the smog standard until 2025 if passed. It would also require the EPA to submit a report to Congress on how pollution from China and other countries impacts the rule.