EPA launching regulatory blitz: ‘Unprecedented attack on industry’

EPA launching regulatory blitz: ‘Unprecedented attack on industry’
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[Ed. – The worse this gets, the more impossible it will be to undo via politics as usual.]

As it tries to build momentum for the summer release of its rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and prepares for international climate talks, the EPA has finalized, proposed or called for a bunch of new regulations in rapid succession over the past several weeks. …

[C]ritics call the effort an “unprecedented” attack on industries. They also question whether the Clean Air Act, the federal law the administration says it is trying to implement, actually calls for the main course on Obama’s climate menu — proposed carbon emissions limits on power plants, which are due for finalization in August. …

The EPA has had a busy month issuing other rules, too.

• The agency in late May finalized its “Waters of the U.S.” rule that would expand jurisdiction over waterways that connect to sources that could flow into drinking supplies. …

• The same week, the EPA released three years worth of blending requirements for biofuels. …

• Last week, the EPA also signaled it would call for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes. …

• And as early as next week, the EPA is likely to issue its second phase of emissions standards for big rig trucks.

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