The Trump administration has already cancelled or sought to undermine 23 rules that protect our health and environment – including limits on toxic waste coal companies dump in rivers, and regulations promoting more fuel-efficient cars.
But the administration is hungry for more, so it’s asked companies, trade associations and lobbyists to suggest other rules they’d like the president to roll back.
Part of this wish-list process is being done in public and some, of course, is happening in private meetings. Rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which has a whole “wish list” docket of its own, seem to be a particular target.
Here are five of the most brazen industry wishes submitted so far:
|1. Coal tar: Trade association wants to end health studies|
|2. Leaky oil and gas drill sites: Trade groups don’t want to fix them|
|3. Roofing fumes: Companies want no restrictions|
|4. Cancer-causing lubricants: Manufacturers say they should still be used|
|5. Toxic pesticide: Chemical manufacturer wants ban removed|
The Trump administration seems to view all health and environmental safeguards as potentially suspicious. That’s in spite of strong data showing that environmental rules actually help the economy – by preventing illness, missed school days, worker absence, productivity problems and early death.
President Trump, who encountered these safeguards as impediments to building hotels faster and cheaper, promised to rid the government of 75 percent of rules that get in industry’s way.