Environmental Defense Fund

Reversing course, Trump administration will not delay an Obama ozone rule

Reversing course, Trump administration will not delay an Obama ozone rule

One day after 16 states sued, the Trump administration reversed its effort to delay Obama administration regulations to curb air pollution that forms smog.

With no mention of the challenges from states such as California, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, who previously said he would delay the Oct. 1 implementation date of a rule to lower the level of ozone emissions from fossil-fuel burning, said in a statement late Wednesday that he would now work "with the states through the complex designation process."

In the statement, Pruitt asserted that the Clean Air Act gave...

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