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EPA Reverses Decision to Delay Emissions Rules

On Wednesday, EPA Chief Scott Pruitt reversed an earlier decision to delay the implementation of Obama-era rules reducing air pollutants that cause smog.

“We believe in dialogue with, and being responsive to, our state partners,” Pruitt said in a statement. “Today’s action reinforces our commitment to working with the states through the complex designation process.”

 “Under previous Administrations, EPA would often fail to meet designation deadlines, and then wait to be sued by activist groups and others, agreeing in a settlement to set schedules for designation,” said he said. “We do not believe in regulation through litigation, and we take deadlines seriously. We also take the statute and the authority it gives us seriously.”

The announcement comes just one day after the EPA was sued by 15 states and the District of Columbia, saying that Pruitt’s proposed one-year delay in compliance deadlines for the 2015  National Ambient Air Quality Standards violate the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov.

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