Tracking environmental actions under Biden

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imageTracking Biden’s environmental actions As Biden unwinds dozens of Trump’s energy and environmental policies, he’s forging his own.policies 26 Added 25 Proposed environmental policies 45 Overturned 71 Targeted 122 Not targeted In the scorching first summer of Joe Biden’s presidency, the nation has grappled with deadly heat waves, raging wildfires, deepening drought — and calls from the president’s allies for more urgent action to combat climate change.Even as he has faced criticism for not moving quickly or boldly enough to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs in a greener economy and alleviate pollution impacting poor and minority communities, Biden has continued to pursue swaths of his climate agenda.Beginning from his first day in office, Biden has moved quickly to undo the environmental track record of his predecessor, and to center climate action as a key priority.His administration already has begun to transform the nation’s energy and environmental landscape, according to a Washington Post analysis, by overturning dozens of Donald Trump’s policies and enacting a growing list of his own.Latest actions Oct.13 Expanding U.S.

offshore wind production to 30 gigawatts by 2030 The Biden administration launched an initiative to expand offshore wind production to 30 gigawatts by 2030 by streamlining permitting, offering low-interest loans and funding research.On Oct.13, Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced it would hold up to seven lease sales by 2025, in the Gulf of Maine, New York Bight, Central Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, as well as offshore the Carolinas, California and Oregon.

Read more » Restricting 401(k) plan climate requirements The Biden administration proposed reversing a Trump-era rule that prevents environmental, social and government funds from being the default in 401(k) investments.https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-22263/prudence-and-loyalty-in-selecting-plan-investments-and-exercising-shareholder-rights Oct.12 Assessing federal floodplain management standards for communities FEMA issued a request for information on how to guide potential updates to the National Flood Insurance Program’s flood plain management standards, which have not been changed substantially since 1976.It is also seeking input on better protecting the habitats and populations of threatened and endangered species in the face of these risks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2021/10/12/white-house-fema-flood-climate/ The Post is tracking key U.S.environmental policy shifts, following the successes and failures of a president who has vowed “a whole-of-government approach to put climate change at the center of our domestic, national security and foreign policy.” From pausing new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters to rejoining the Paris agreement, Biden has elevated the issue of climate change across the U.S.

government and tried to accelerate the nation’s shift away from fossil fuels.He has pledged that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas emissions between 50 and 52 percent by the end of the decade compared with 2005 levels, a commitment that will require major changes in the ways Americans live, work and travel.

Still, much of Biden’s environmental wish list remains unfinished, and some of his goals face stiff political head winds.Congressional Republicans, for instance, have expressed skepticism about the president’s infrastructure plan, which includes generous funding for electric vehicles , renewable projects and energy efficiency.At times, however, Biden has faced off against environmentalists — especially in court.His Justice Department has opposed shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers reassesses its analysis of the project, and has defended the Trump administration’s environmental review of a major drilling project on the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.Track the latest developments in climate policy and politics with The Climate 202 newsletter ] Air pollution and greenhouse gases The Trump administration enacted at least 64 policies weakening or overturning regulations aimed at curbing air pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions fueling global warming.

Biden has said he will reverse that legacy and promote a low-carbon future instead.By signing a document to rejoin the Paris climate agreement on his first day in office, the new president reversed one of his predecessor’s signature policies and signaled a different path.New 21 Easy to overturn 23 Medium 31 Difficult 11 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued a climate action plan six months after signing Secretarial Order 3399.That order established a climate task force and instructing the department to prioritize environmental justice concerns, tribal rights and scientific transparency in decisions through the National Environmental Policy Act.https://www.sustainability.gov/pdfs/doi-2021-cap.pdf The National Flood Insurance Program instituted a more equitable pricing system for policies that would take climate risk into account.The change raises the premiums for most homeowners, including on the coasts and in flood-prone areas, while reducing them for some.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/10/01/price-living-near-shore-is-already-high-its-about-go-through-roof/ EPA finalized a rule phasing down the production and import of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning, 85 percent by 2036.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/23/biden-climate-rule-hydrofluorocarbons/ President Biden signed an executive order calling for half of all new cars and light trucks sold in 2030 to be electric or plug-in hybrids.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/05/biden-aims-big-boost-electric-cars-by-2030/ President Biden pledged the U.S.would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by between 50 and 52 percent, compared to 2005 levels, by the end of the decade.https://wapo.st/32Ei4GD Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin established the Defense Climate Working Group to incorporate climate risk analysis into all of its operations and assess how it can curb the department’s greenhouse gas emissions.

https://media.defense.gov/2021/Mar/10/2002597518/-1/-1/0/ESTABLISHMENT-OF-THE-CLIMATE-WORKING-GROUP.PDF President Biden instructed the Treasury Secretary to assess climate risk and work with other agencies to align U.S.spending, including foreign aid, with the nation’s climate goals.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/11/25/energy-202-what-janet-yellen-pick-treasury-means-climate-policy/ President Biden instructed the Agriculture Secretary to develop a plan within 90 day to spur ‘climate-smart’ farming and forestry strategies.https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2021/climate-solutions/climate-regenerative-agriculture/ President Biden mandated buying clean and zero-emission vehicles for the federal fleet https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/01/28/biden-federal-fleet-electric/ President Biden ordered national security agencies to report within 90 days on integrating climate change into their work https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ President Biden launched a government-wide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from rising temperatures linked to climate change.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/20/biden-extreme-heat/ The Biden administration set a goal of replacing all traditional jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050, by boosting fuel production from waste and plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/09/09/jets-sustainable-aviation-fuel-goal/ The Federal Insurance Office requested public comment on how it could assess climate change’s impact on the insurance sector and how it could help insurers address these financial risks.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/31/2021-18713/federal-insurance-office-request-for-information-on-the-insurance-sector-and-climate-related The Bureau of Land Management said it would seek public comment on how to assess “the potential environmental, social and cultural impacts of the coal program” it operates.

https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-17827.pdf The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration notified the pipeline industry that they’re legally required to fix leaks of methane, a potent greenhous gas, in their pipelines and pipeline facilities under the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act.Companies must update their maintenance and operations plans as a result.https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/news/phmsa-advisory-bulletin-pipeline-industry-must-take-actions-address-methane-leaks-pipelines Biden officials announced the government will develop new Energy Star ratings for electric heat pumps and invest $10 million in research and deployment of heat pump technology.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/05/17/biden-energy-efficiency/ Biden officials announced the government will develop the first “building performance standards” for federal facilities.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/05/17/biden-energy-efficiency/ President Biden promised to work with Congress to boost annual public climate financing aid for developing countries to $11.4 billion by 2024.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/09/21/remarks-by-president-biden-before-the-76th-session-of-the-united-nations-general-assembly/ President Biden proposed spending $35 billion on breakthrough climate technology and $15 billion on climate-related demonstrated projects.https://wapo.st/3cGswn4 President Biden proposed an “Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard” that would require utilities to get a percentage of their power from carbon-free sources.

https://wapo.st/3cGswn4 The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management signed off on the final environmental review for Vineyard Wind, an 800-megawatt offshore wind project.

http://wapo.st/3ekrqhS EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the agency would resume funding the U.N.Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance, after Trump officials cut a $1.1 million grant to the group in 2017.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-now-requires-political-aides-sign-off-for-agency-awards-grant-applications/2017/09/04/2fd707a0-88fd-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html The EPA finalized a list of more climate-friendly refrigerants that could substitute for hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases.https://www.epa.gov/snap/snap-regulations President Biden rejoined the 2015 Paris accord, from which Donald Trump had withdrawn, on his first day in office.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/11/04/climate-change-election-paris-agreement/ President Biden ordered the Secretary of State to submit the Kigali Amendment, a treaty phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), for Senate ratification.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/10/15/the-world-just-took-another-huge-step-forward-on-fighting-climate-change/ The D.C.

Circuit vacated a Trump rule relaxing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions limits on power plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/19/federal-circuit-court-scraps-trump-administration-power-plant-rules/ The Biden administration said it would issue guidance in the fall that would supercede a Trump-era policy directing agencies to scale back their climate analysis in environmental reviews.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-moves-decisively-to-wipe-out-obamas-climate-change-record/2017/03/27/411043d4-132c-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials have both taken steps to restore California’s waiver to regulate air pollution under the Clean Air Act.https://wapo.st/2PhSuEu The Biden administration withdrew a plantwide permit for Limetree Bay refinery, whose operations disproportionately affect poor communities on St.

Croix.The Trump administration, which issued the permit in December 2020, based the pollution levels on the operations of an old refinery that processed more than twice as much oil.https://wapo.st/3sk4rb1 Instructs Interior Department scientists to use all climate models, including ones suggesting fewer impacts.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/526-dm-1-assessing-climate-impacts.pdf The BIden administration is reexamining a Trump proposed rule that would allow manufacturers to use alternative standards to test small-motor efficiency.https://www.epa.gov/vehicle-and-fuel-emissions-testing/vehicle-testing-regulations The Energy Department has delayed updating 25 energy-efficiency rules https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-10/pdf/2019-26345.pdf Rescinded policy curbing pollutants power plants can emit during startup, shutdown and malfunctions.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-29/pdf/2019-08480.pdf The Biden administration reestablished the panel that formulates the social cost of carbon, an estimate for the damage caused by climate change for federal cost-benefit analyses.

As an interim measure, it placed the figure at $51 per ton of carbon dioxide released into the air.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/02/26/biden-cost-climate-change/ Would grant coal ash disposal permits without review to some state and tribal sites.https://www.epa.gov/coalash/permit-programs-coal-combustion-residual-disposal-units Changing testing for heavy-duty vehicles and engines that could lead to higher CO2 emissions.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/12/2020-05963/improvements-for-heavy-duty-engine-and-vehicle-test-procedures-and-other-technical-amendments Proposed reversing a requirement that plant owners get a pollution permit for expanded operations.https://www.epa.gov/nsr/forms/draft-guidance-interpretation-begin-actual-construction-under-new-source-review Weakened an Obama-era rule meant to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-08/documents/8-20-2019_-_regional_haze_guidance_final_guidance.pdf Lifted the summertime ban on a gasoline-ethanol blend linked to smog formation.

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-delivers-president-trumps-promise-allow-year-round-sale-e15-gasoline-and-improve-0 Allowed states, tribes and localities more flexibility in complying with limits on smog-forming ozone.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13437.pdf Proposal would change how anticipated pollution from a new facility is calculated.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous Dismantled the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/20/the-trump-administration-just-disbanded-a-federal-advisory-committee-on-climate-change/ Reversed an Obama-era policy that restricted U.S.financing of coal-fired power plants abroad.https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/international/development-banks/Pages/guidance.aspx Stopped payments to the Green Climate Fund, which helps poor nations address climate change.https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/02/trump-will-stop-paying-into-the-green-climate-fund-he-has-no-idea-what-it-is/ Trump stalled a rule to limit landfill methane emissions.Biden restored it soon after a federal court ruling throwing out the Trump action.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/26/2019-18233/adopting-requirements-in-emission-guidelines-for-municipal-solid-waste-landfills Biden officials rescinded a rule that restricted which public health benefits could be factored into new air rules.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/12/09/trump-air-pollution/ The Trump administration reversed an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing through Secretarial Order 3348, on March 29, 2017.The Biden administration rescinded that order, and is weighing whether to reimpose the moratorium on coal leasing.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-moves-decisively-to-wipe-out-obamas-climate-change-record/2017/03/27/411043d4-132c-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html On April 5, 2021, a federal court vacated the Trump-era policy that curbs CO2 only in sectors that account for at least 3 percent of U.S.

emissions.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-00389.pdf The Biden administration revived a proposal to impose energy conservation standards on manufactured housing that were withdrawn under Trump.It is unclear if the new standards will be as stringent as those in the Obama-era proposed rule.https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/manufactured-housing-ecs-snopr.pdf The Biden administration is reconsidering a Trump proposal to withdraw test procedures for conventional cooking tops https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/18/2020-16102/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products On April 1, 2021, the Biden administration proposed overhauling a Trump rule that made it more difficult to impose stricter energy-efficiency rules.https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/process-rule The Energy Department proposed a rule making lightbulbs more efficient, reversing a Trump policy.The proposal would affect bulbs used in 2 billion sockets in the U.S., from track lighting to candle-shaped bulbs intalled in wall sconces.https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/gsl-definition-nopr_0.pdf Scaled back measures oil and gas producers have to take to control air pollution.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/15/2020-18115/oil-and-natural-gas-sector-emission-standards-for-new-reconstructed-and-modified-sources The Biden administration is reconsidering a rule exempting some clothes washers and dryers from current energy- and water-efficiency standards.https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2021/02/f82/eere_eo13990_memo_1.pdf The Biden administration is reconsidering a rule that grants manufacturers a waiver from uniform energy-efficiency test procedures.https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/current-test-procedure-waivers The Biden administration proposed reversing a Trump-era rule that prevents environmental, social and government funds from being the default in 401(k) investments.https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-22263/prudence-and-loyalty-in-selecting-plan-investments-and-exercising-shareholder-rights Loosened a Clinton-era rule aimed at limiting toxic emissions from major emitters.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/reclassification-major-sources-area-sources-under-section-112-clean Removed the EPA Environmental Appeals Board’s authority to consider environmental justice challenges related to clean air, clean water or waste-permit decisions.https://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/EAB_Web_Docket.nsf/General+Information/Regulations+Governing+Appeals?OpenDocument The Biden administration is reviewing a Trump rule requiring a comparative analysis of the relative benefits and burdens of potential energy conservation standards for appliances.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-08-19/pdf/2020-15967.pdf The Biden administration has proposed tightening fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for the nation’s cars, pickup trucks and SUVs that were weakened by Trump, to reach an average of roughly 52 miles per gallon by 2026.

https://wapo.st/3i7FA7o Scaled back limits on methane emissions from drilling on public lands.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/more-methane-interior-eases-rules-curbing-leaks-from-oil-and-gas-leases-on-federal-land/2018/09/18/892e80f6-bb76-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html Withdrew the legal justification for a 2012 rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/the-epa-is-about-to-change-a-rule-cutting-mercury-pollution-the-industry-doesnt-want-it/2020/02/16/8ebac4e2-4470-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html Withdrew and delayed a rule to inform consumers about fuel-efficient replacement tires.https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=202004&RIN=2127-AK76 The Biden administration indicated in court on March 10 that it will not enforce this rule, which makes it more difficult to hold proxy and shareholder votes on environmental, social and governance grounds.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/30/2020-13705/financial-factors-in-selecting-plan-investments Reduced reporting requirements for hazardous pollutants issuing from power plants.https://www.epa.gov/mats/regulatory-actions-final-mercury-and-air-toxics-standards-mats-power-plants Removed requirements to control methane across the oil and gas industry.https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/epa-issues-final-policy-and-technical Indefinitely delayed adding 1-bromopropane (1-BP), a solvent linked to neurological damage, to the list of regulated hazardous air pollutants.

https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-evaluation-1-bromopropane-1-bp Relaxed air pollution regulations for a handful of power plants that burn coal mining waste https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-15/pdf/2020-07878.pdf Approval of Jordan Cove Energy Project, a natural gas export terminal.https://www.energy.gov/articles/us-department-energy-issues-lng-export-approval-jordan-cove#:~:text=In%202014%2C%20the%20Department%20of,in%20March%20of%20this%20year.Withdrew rule requiring the detection and repair of hydroflourocarbon leaks from major appliances.

https://www.epa.gov/section608/stationary-refrigeration-leak-repair-requirements Provided complete penalty forgiveness for firms that disclose and self-correct air violations.https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/existing-owner-clean-air-act-audit-program-oil-and-natural-gas-exploration-and#:~:text=EPA%20is%20making%20this%20self,Reducing%20Excess%20Emissions%20of%20Harmful Rescinded the Clean Fuels Grant Program, which was to help areas cut pollution and deploy clean-fuel buses.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/21/2019-22859/clean-fuels-grant-program#:~:text=Section%2020002%20of%20MAP%2D21,the%20Clean%20Fuels%20Grant%20Program.&text=Further%2C%20the%20delayed%20effective%20date,made%20effective%20by%20MAP%2D21.Declined to reduce cross-state air pollution involving soot and smog contributors.

https://www.epa.gov/csapr Denied petitions from several states to regulate air pollution coming from upwind states.https://eelp.law.harvard.edu/2020/01/clean-air-act-section-126-petitions/ Reversed stricter emission standards for large, publicly owned sewage treatment plants.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/26/2017-23067/national-emission-standards-for-hazardous-air-pollutants-publicly-owned-treatment-works-residual Biden signed a Congressional Review Act resolution, which passed both chambers, restoring a 2016 rule requiring oil and gas companies detect methane leaks and repair then.https://wapo.st/2U4GvvL The Biden administration proposed reversing Trump’s move to withdraw efficiency standards for residential furnaces, commercial water heaters and gas appliances.

https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/reconsideration-condensing-interp.pdf The Biden administration has proposed revoking a rule that relaxed efficiency standards for showerheads, letting them use unlimited amounts of water https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-07/Showerheads%20Definition%20NOPR%2007.15.21_%20for%20FR.pdf The BIden administration is reconsidering a rule that weakened energy-efficiency standards for dishwashers.https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/30/trump-shower-toilets-dishwasher-rollbacks/ Revised a program to make it easier for new power plants to avoid emissions regulations.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-08/documents/projectemissionsaccountingfactsheet_07032019.pdf Weakened a 2016 rule tightening air pollution limits on offshore operations.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/05/2020-11573/air-quality-control-reporting-and-compliance Made changes to a program aimed at curbing emissions from new or modified industrial facilities.

https://www.epa.gov/nsr The rule streamlines pre-construction approval for minor sources of pollution on Indian Country.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-19/pdf/2020-05203.pdf Exempted large animal farms from having to report risks to state and local officials.https://www.epa.gov/epcra#:~:text=On%20June%204%2C%202019%2C%20EPA,from%20animal%20waste%20at%20farms.Revised commercial and industrial incineration standards to address industry concerns.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/commercial-and-industrial-solid-waste-incineration-units-ciswi-new Allows petroleum refineries more easily to flare gas and conduct other activities.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/petroleum-refinery-sector-rule-risk-and-technology-review-and-new#:~:text=Rule%20Summary&text=When%20fully%20implemented%20in%202018,volatile%20organic%20compounds%20(VOC.) New 21 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Interior Secretary Deb Haaland issued a climate action plan six months after signing Secretarial Order 3399.

That order established a climate task force and instructing the department to prioritize environmental justice concerns, tribal rights and scientific transparency in decisions through the National Environmental Policy Act.https://www.sustainability.gov/pdfs/doi-2021-cap.pdf The National Flood Insurance Program instituted a more equitable pricing system for policies that would take climate risk into account.

The change raises the premiums for most homeowners, including on the coasts and in flood-prone areas, while reducing them for some.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/10/01/price-living-near-shore-is-already-high-its-about-go-through-roof/ EPA finalized a rule phasing down the production and import of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases used in refrigeration and air conditioning, 85 percent by 2036.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/23/biden-climate-rule-hydrofluorocarbons/ President Biden signed an executive order calling for half of all new cars and light trucks sold in 2030 to be electric or plug-in hybrids.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/05/biden-aims-big-boost-electric-cars-by-2030/ President Biden pledged the U.S.would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by between 50 and 52 percent, compared to 2005 levels, by the end of the decade.https://wapo.st/32Ei4GD Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin established the Defense Climate Working Group to incorporate climate risk analysis into all of its operations and assess how it can curb the department’s greenhouse gas emissions.https://media.defense.gov/2021/Mar/10/2002597518/-1/-1/0/ESTABLISHMENT-OF-THE-CLIMATE-WORKING-GROUP.PDF President Biden instructed the Treasury Secretary to assess climate risk and work with other agencies to align U.S.spending, including foreign aid, with the nation’s climate goals.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/11/25/energy-202-what-janet-yellen-pick-treasury-means-climate-policy/ President Biden instructed the Agriculture Secretary to develop a plan within 90 day to spur ‘climate-smart’ farming and forestry strategies.https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2021/climate-solutions/climate-regenerative-agriculture/ President Biden mandated buying clean and zero-emission vehicles for the federal fleet https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/01/28/biden-federal-fleet-electric/ President Biden ordered national security agencies to report within 90 days on integrating climate change into their work https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ President Biden launched a government-wide strategy Monday to combat extreme heat, including the development of new federal labor standards aimed at protecting workers from rising temperatures linked to climate change.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/09/20/biden-extreme-heat/ The Biden administration set a goal of replacing all traditional jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050, by boosting fuel production from waste and plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/transportation/2021/09/09/jets-sustainable-aviation-fuel-goal/ The Federal Insurance Office requested public comment on how it could assess climate change’s impact on the insurance sector and how it could help insurers address these financial risks.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/08/31/2021-18713/federal-insurance-office-request-for-information-on-the-insurance-sector-and-climate-related The Bureau of Land Management said it would seek public comment on how to assess “the potential environmental, social and cultural impacts of the coal program” it operates.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-17827.pdf The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration notified the pipeline industry that they’re legally required to fix leaks of methane, a potent greenhous gas, in their pipelines and pipeline facilities under the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act.Companies must update their maintenance and operations plans as a result.https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/news/phmsa-advisory-bulletin-pipeline-industry-must-take-actions-address-methane-leaks-pipelines Biden officials announced the government will develop new Energy Star ratings for electric heat pumps and invest $10 million in research and deployment of heat pump technology.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/05/17/biden-energy-efficiency/ Biden officials announced the government will develop the first “building performance standards” for federal facilities.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2021/05/17/biden-energy-efficiency/ President Biden promised to work with Congress to boost annual public climate financing aid for developing countries to $11.4 billion by 2024.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/speeches-remarks/2021/09/21/remarks-by-president-biden-before-the-76th-session-of-the-united-nations-general-assembly/ President Biden proposed spending $35 billion on breakthrough climate technology and $15 billion on climate-related demonstrated projects.https://wapo.st/3cGswn4 President Biden proposed an “Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard” that would require utilities to get a percentage of their power from carbon-free sources.https://wapo.st/3cGswn4 The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management signed off on the final environmental review for Vineyard Wind, an 800-megawatt offshore wind project.http://wapo.st/3ekrqhS Easy to overturn 23 Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced the agency would resume funding the U.N.

Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance, after Trump officials cut a $1.1 million grant to the group in 2017.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/epa-now-requires-political-aides-sign-off-for-agency-awards-grant-applications/2017/09/04/2fd707a0-88fd-11e7-a94f-3139abce39f5_story.html The EPA finalized a list of more climate-friendly refrigerants that could substitute for hydrofluorocarbons, potent greenhouse gases.

https://www.epa.gov/snap/snap-regulations President Biden rejoined the 2015 Paris accord, from which Donald Trump had withdrawn, on his first day in office.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/11/04/climate-change-election-paris-agreement/ President Biden ordered the Secretary of State to submit the Kigali Amendment, a treaty phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), for Senate ratification.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/10/15/the-world-just-took-another-huge-step-forward-on-fighting-climate-change/ The D.C.

Circuit vacated a Trump rule relaxing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions limits on power plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/19/federal-circuit-court-scraps-trump-administration-power-plant-rules/ The Biden administration said it would issue guidance in the fall that would supercede a Trump-era policy directing agencies to scale back their climate analysis in environmental reviews.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-moves-decisively-to-wipe-out-obamas-climate-change-record/2017/03/27/411043d4-132c-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html Transportation Department and Environmental Protection Agency officials have both taken steps to restore California’s waiver to regulate air pollution under the Clean Air Act.https://wapo.st/2PhSuEu The Biden administration withdrew a plantwide permit for Limetree Bay refinery, whose operations disproportionately affect poor communities on St.Croix.The Trump administration, which issued the permit in December 2020, based the pollution levels on the operations of an old refinery that processed more than twice as much oil.

https://wapo.st/3sk4rb1 Instructs Interior Department scientists to use all climate models, including ones suggesting fewer impacts.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/526-dm-1-assessing-climate-impacts.pdf The BIden administration is reexamining a Trump proposed rule that would allow manufacturers to use alternative standards to test small-motor efficiency.https://www.epa.gov/vehicle-and-fuel-emissions-testing/vehicle-testing-regulations The Energy Department has delayed updating 25 energy-efficiency rules https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-01-10/pdf/2019-26345.pdf Rescinded policy curbing pollutants power plants can emit during startup, shutdown and malfunctions.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-04-29/pdf/2019-08480.pdf The Biden administration reestablished the panel that formulates the social cost of carbon, an estimate for the damage caused by climate change for federal cost-benefit analyses.As an interim measure, it placed the figure at $51 per ton of carbon dioxide released into the air.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/02/26/biden-cost-climate-change/ Would grant coal ash disposal permits without review to some state and tribal sites.https://www.epa.gov/coalash/permit-programs-coal-combustion-residual-disposal-units Changing testing for heavy-duty vehicles and engines that could lead to higher CO2 emissions.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/05/12/2020-05963/improvements-for-heavy-duty-engine-and-vehicle-test-procedures-and-other-technical-amendments Proposed reversing a requirement that plant owners get a pollution permit for expanded operations.https://www.epa.gov/nsr/forms/draft-guidance-interpretation-begin-actual-construction-under-new-source-review Weakened an Obama-era rule meant to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas.https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-08/documents/8-20-2019_-_regional_haze_guidance_final_guidance.pdf Lifted the summertime ban on a gasoline-ethanol blend linked to smog formation.https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-delivers-president-trumps-promise-allow-year-round-sale-e15-gasoline-and-improve-0 Allowed states, tribes and localities more flexibility in complying with limits on smog-forming ozone.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2017-06-28/pdf/2017-13437.pdf Proposal would change how anticipated pollution from a new facility is calculated.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous Dismantled the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/08/20/the-trump-administration-just-disbanded-a-federal-advisory-committee-on-climate-change/ Reversed an Obama-era policy that restricted U.S.financing of coal-fired power plants abroad.

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/international/development-banks/Pages/guidance.aspx Stopped payments to the Green Climate Fund, which helps poor nations address climate change.https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/06/02/trump-will-stop-paying-into-the-green-climate-fund-he-has-no-idea-what-it-is/ Medium 31 Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Trump stalled a rule to limit landfill methane emissions.Biden restored it soon after a federal court ruling throwing out the Trump action.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/08/26/2019-18233/adopting-requirements-in-emission-guidelines-for-municipal-solid-waste-landfills Biden officials rescinded a rule that restricted which public health benefits could be factored into new air rules.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/12/09/trump-air-pollution/ The Trump administration reversed an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing through Secretarial Order 3348, on March 29, 2017.The Biden administration rescinded that order, and is weighing whether to reimpose the moratorium on coal leasing.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/trump-moves-decisively-to-wipe-out-obamas-climate-change-record/2017/03/27/411043d4-132c-11e7-9e4f-09aa75d3ec57_story.html On April 5, 2021, a federal court vacated the Trump-era policy that curbs CO2 only in sectors that account for at least 3 percent of U.S.emissions.

https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-00389.pdf The Biden administration revived a proposal to impose energy conservation standards on manufactured housing that were withdrawn under Trump.It is unclear if the new standards will be as stringent as those in the Obama-era proposed rule.https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/manufactured-housing-ecs-snopr.pdf The Biden administration is reconsidering a Trump proposal to withdraw test procedures for conventional cooking tops https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/18/2020-16102/energy-conservation-program-test-procedures-for-cooking-products On April 1, 2021, the Biden administration proposed overhauling a Trump rule that made it more difficult to impose stricter energy-efficiency rules.https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/process-rule The Energy Department proposed a rule making lightbulbs more efficient, reversing a Trump policy.

The proposal would affect bulbs used in 2 billion sockets in the U.S., from track lighting to candle-shaped bulbs intalled in wall sconces.https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/gsl-definition-nopr_0.pdf Scaled back measures oil and gas producers have to take to control air pollution.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/15/2020-18115/oil-and-natural-gas-sector-emission-standards-for-new-reconstructed-and-modified-sources The Biden administration is reconsidering a rule exempting some clothes washers and dryers from current energy- and water-efficiency standards.https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2021/02/f82/eere_eo13990_memo_1.pdf The Biden administration is reconsidering a rule that grants manufacturers a waiver from uniform energy-efficiency test procedures.

https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/current-test-procedure-waivers The Biden administration proposed reversing a Trump-era rule that prevents environmental, social and government funds from being the default in 401(k) investments.https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-22263/prudence-and-loyalty-in-selecting-plan-investments-and-exercising-shareholder-rights Loosened a Clinton-era rule aimed at limiting toxic emissions from major emitters.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/reclassification-major-sources-area-sources-under-section-112-clean Removed the EPA Environmental Appeals Board’s authority to consider environmental justice challenges related to clean air, clean water or waste-permit decisions.https://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/EAB_Web_Docket.nsf/General+Information/Regulations+Governing+Appeals?OpenDocument The Biden administration is reviewing a Trump rule requiring a comparative analysis of the relative benefits and burdens of potential energy conservation standards for appliances.https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-08-19/pdf/2020-15967.pdf The Biden administration has proposed tightening fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for the nation’s cars, pickup trucks and SUVs that were weakened by Trump, to reach an average of roughly 52 miles per gallon by 2026.https://wapo.st/3i7FA7o Scaled back limits on methane emissions from drilling on public lands.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/more-methane-interior-eases-rules-curbing-leaks-from-oil-and-gas-leases-on-federal-land/2018/09/18/892e80f6-bb76-11e8-a8aa-860695e7f3fc_story.html Withdrew the legal justification for a 2012 rule limiting mercury emissions from power plants.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/the-epa-is-about-to-change-a-rule-cutting-mercury-pollution-the-industry-doesnt-want-it/2020/02/16/8ebac4e2-4470-11ea-b503-2b077c436617_story.html Withdrew and delayed a rule to inform consumers about fuel-efficient replacement tires.

https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=202004&RIN=2127-AK76 The Biden administration indicated in court on March 10 that it will not enforce this rule, which makes it more difficult to hold proxy and shareholder votes on environmental, social and governance grounds.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/30/2020-13705/financial-factors-in-selecting-plan-investments Reduced reporting requirements for hazardous pollutants issuing from power plants.https://www.epa.gov/mats/regulatory-actions-final-mercury-and-air-toxics-standards-mats-power-plants Removed requirements to control methane across the oil and gas industry.

https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/epa-issues-final-policy-and-technical Indefinitely delayed adding 1-bromopropane (1-BP), a solvent linked to neurological damage, to the list of regulated hazardous air pollutants.https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-evaluation-1-bromopropane-1-bp Relaxed air pollution regulations for a handful of power plants that burn coal mining waste https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-15/pdf/2020-07878.pdf Approval of Jordan Cove Energy Project, a natural gas export terminal.

https://www.energy.gov/articles/us-department-energy-issues-lng-export-approval-jordan-cove#:~:text=In%202014%2C%20the%20Department%20of,in%20March%20of%20this%20year.Withdrew rule requiring the detection and repair of hydroflourocarbon leaks from major appliances.https://www.epa.gov/section608/stationary-refrigeration-leak-repair-requirements Provided complete penalty forgiveness for firms that disclose and self-correct air violations.https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/existing-owner-clean-air-act-audit-program-oil-and-natural-gas-exploration-and#:~:text=EPA%20is%20making%20this%20self,Reducing%20Excess%20Emissions%20of%20Harmful Rescinded the Clean Fuels Grant Program, which was to help areas cut pollution and deploy clean-fuel buses.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/21/2019-22859/clean-fuels-grant-program#:~:text=Section%2020002%20of%20MAP%2D21,the%20Clean%20Fuels%20Grant%20Program.&text=Further%2C%20the%20delayed%20effective%20date,made%20effective%20by%20MAP%2D21.

Declined to reduce cross-state air pollution involving soot and smog contributors.https://www.epa.gov/csapr Denied petitions from several states to regulate air pollution coming from upwind states.https://eelp.law.harvard.edu/2020/01/clean-air-act-section-126-petitions/ Reversed stricter emission standards for large, publicly owned sewage treatment plants.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/26/2017-23067/national-emission-standards-for-hazardous-air-pollutants-publicly-owned-treatment-works-residual Difficult 11 Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Biden signed a Congressional Review Act resolution, which passed both chambers, restoring a 2016 rule requiring oil and gas companies detect methane leaks and repair then.https://wapo.st/2U4GvvL The Biden administration proposed reversing Trump’s move to withdraw efficiency standards for residential furnaces, commercial water heaters and gas appliances.

https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/reconsideration-condensing-interp.pdf The Biden administration has proposed revoking a rule that relaxed efficiency standards for showerheads, letting them use unlimited amounts of water https://www.energy.gov/sites/default/files/2021-07/Showerheads%20Definition%20NOPR%2007.15.21_%20for%20FR.pdf The BIden administration is reconsidering a rule that weakened energy-efficiency standards for dishwashers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/30/trump-shower-toilets-dishwasher-rollbacks/ Revised a program to make it easier for new power plants to avoid emissions regulations.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-08/documents/projectemissionsaccountingfactsheet_07032019.pdf Weakened a 2016 rule tightening air pollution limits on offshore operations.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/05/2020-11573/air-quality-control-reporting-and-compliance Made changes to a program aimed at curbing emissions from new or modified industrial facilities.https://www.epa.gov/nsr The rule streamlines pre-construction approval for minor sources of pollution on Indian Country.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-03-19/pdf/2020-05203.pdf Exempted large animal farms from having to report risks to state and local officials.https://www.epa.gov/epcra#:~:text=On%20June%204%2C%202019%2C%20EPA,from%20animal%20waste%20at%20farms.

Revised commercial and industrial incineration standards to address industry concerns.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/commercial-and-industrial-solid-waste-incineration-units-ciswi-new Allows petroleum refineries more easily to flare gas and conduct other activities.https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/petroleum-refinery-sector-rule-risk-and-technology-review-and-new#:~:text=Rule%20Summary&text=When%20fully%20implemented%20in%202018,volatile%20organic%20compounds%20(VOC.) Chemical safety From plastic water bottles to farmworker pesticide exposure to chemical dangers for infants and children, the Trump administration favored industry over consumer health.

At least 14 chemical safety laws are under review by the Biden administration to restore lost protections.New 3 Easy to overturn 8 Medium 7 Difficult 2 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling The Biden administration said it had reached an agreement to phase out use of the chemical, which had been shown to harm an array of endangered species.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/08/2021-11919/cryolite-and-propazine-product-cancellation-order-for-certain-pesticide-registrations?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email The U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers announced it would conduct a full statement for a massive petrochemical complex Formosa Plastics Group plans to build near historically Black communities in Louisiana.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/19/huge-plastics-plant-faces-calls-environmental-justice-stiff-economic-headwinds/ EPA proposed the first-ever reporting requirements to better understand sources and quantities of so-called “forever chemicals.” https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public The EPA banned the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to neurological damage in children, on food crops.The move came in response to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that the Trump administration had improperly moved to keep it on the market.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/18/chlorpyrifos/ Biden officials withdrew a guidance document that subjected the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical toxicity assessments subject to review by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.Democratic Reps.Betty McCollum (Minn.) Chellie Pingree (Maine) and Diana DeGette (Colo.) pushed for the guidance to be abolished.

https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/REV_EO12866_EPA_Memorandum.pdf EPA withdrew Trump-era guidance that Biden officials say “weakened” the agency’s ability to oversee certain uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public Unsuccessful effort to block Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/01/2019-23718/pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard-revision-of-the-application-exclusion-zone Proposal would narrow the regulation of toxic solvents used in dry cleaning, known as trichlorethylene.https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/final-risk-evaluation-trichloroethylene Proposed relaxing restrictions in interim pesticide registration for pyrethroids.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/12/2019-24514/pesticide-registration-review-proposed-interim-decisions-for-several-pyrethroids-notice-of Proposed allowing commercial nuclear reactors to dispose of radioactive waste, aside from spent fuel, in local landfills.https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0065-0001&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=545e184f-9476-4367-ac2d-f6a74aae6a2b Reversed rule restricting platic water bottle sales in national parks.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/26/the-national-park-service-showed-that-its-bottled-water-ban-worked-then-lifted-it/ Under Biden, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to establish a mandatory reporting program on asbestos use and exposure under the Toxic Substances Control Act.https://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ADAO-SECTION-21-ORDER-GRANTING-MOTION-FOR-SUMMARY-JUDGMENT.pdf Eased compliance requirements for storing volatile organic liquids, including petroleum products https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/19/2021-00678/standards-of-performance-for-volatile-organic-liquid-storage-vessels-including-petroleum-liquid Limited the use of the deadly chemical methylene chloride but exempted commercial uses.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/15/epa-bans-deadly-chemical-used-paint-strippers-provides-loophole-commercial-operators/ Limited the scope of how the EPA evaluates the risks of toxic chemicals available on the market.Withdrew a proposed ban of NMP, a toxic chemical used in paint strippers.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-00115.pdf Adopted a pesticide spraying rule, narrower than the Obama-era rule, after a court loss.

https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wps Rescinded a chemical disaster rule aimed at improving safety at sites with dangerous chemicals.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/11/21/trump-reverses-safety-rules-adopted-after-deadly-chemical-explosion/ Altered requirements for facilities that use extremely hazardous substances to develop risk management plans in case of accidental releases.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/19/2019-25974/accidental-release-prevention-requirements-risk-management-programs-under-the-clean-air-act Revised how the government gauges pesticide effects on endangered species.

New 3 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration The Biden administration said it had reached an agreement to phase out use of the chemical, which had been shown to harm an array of endangered species.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/06/08/2021-11919/cryolite-and-propazine-product-cancellation-order-for-certain-pesticide-registrations?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email The U.S.Army Corps of Engineers announced it would conduct a full statement for a massive petrochemical complex Formosa Plastics Group plans to build near historically Black communities in Louisiana.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/19/huge-plastics-plant-faces-calls-environmental-justice-stiff-economic-headwinds/ EPA proposed the first-ever reporting requirements to better understand sources and quantities of so-called “forever chemicals.” https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public Easy to overturn 8 Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive The EPA banned the use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to neurological damage in children, on food crops.

The move came in response to a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that the Trump administration had improperly moved to keep it on the market.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/18/chlorpyrifos/ Biden officials withdrew a guidance document that subjected the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical toxicity assessments subject to review by the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.Democratic Reps.Betty McCollum (Minn.) Chellie Pingree (Maine) and Diana DeGette (Colo.) pushed for the guidance to be abolished.

https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/REV_EO12866_EPA_Memorandum.pdf EPA withdrew Trump-era guidance that Biden officials say “weakened” the agency’s ability to oversee certain uses of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-continues-take-action-pfas-protect-public Unsuccessful effort to block Agricultural Worker Protection Standard.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/01/2019-23718/pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard-revision-of-the-application-exclusion-zone Proposal would narrow the regulation of toxic solvents used in dry cleaning, known as trichlorethylene.https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/final-risk-evaluation-trichloroethylene Proposed relaxing restrictions in interim pesticide registration for pyrethroids.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/12/2019-24514/pesticide-registration-review-proposed-interim-decisions-for-several-pyrethroids-notice-of Proposed allowing commercial nuclear reactors to dispose of radioactive waste, aside from spent fuel, in local landfills.https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NRC-2020-0065-0001&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=545e184f-9476-4367-ac2d-f6a74aae6a2b Reversed rule restricting platic water bottle sales in national parks.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/09/26/the-national-park-service-showed-that-its-bottled-water-ban-worked-then-lifted-it/ Medium 7 Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Under Biden, the Environmental Protection Agency agreed to establish a mandatory reporting program on asbestos use and exposure under the Toxic Substances Control Act.https://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/ADAO-SECTION-21-ORDER-GRANTING-MOTION-FOR-SUMMARY-JUDGMENT.pdf Eased compliance requirements for storing volatile organic liquids, including petroleum products https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/01/19/2021-00678/standards-of-performance-for-volatile-organic-liquid-storage-vessels-including-petroleum-liquid Limited the use of the deadly chemical methylene chloride but exempted commercial uses.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/15/epa-bans-deadly-chemical-used-paint-strippers-provides-loophole-commercial-operators/ Limited the scope of how the EPA evaluates the risks of toxic chemicals available on the market.

Withdrew a proposed ban of NMP, a toxic chemical used in paint strippers.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-00115.pdf Adopted a pesticide spraying rule, narrower than the Obama-era rule, after a court loss.https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety/agricultural-worker-protection-standard-wps Rescinded a chemical disaster rule aimed at improving safety at sites with dangerous chemicals.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/11/21/trump-reverses-safety-rules-adopted-after-deadly-chemical-explosion/ Difficult 2 Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Altered requirements for facilities that use extremely hazardous substances to develop risk management plans in case of accidental releases.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/19/2019-25974/accidental-release-prevention-requirements-risk-management-programs-under-the-clean-air-act Revised how the government gauges pesticide effects on endangered species.

Drilling and extraction The 61 rollbacks Trump enacted on drilling, mining and logging ranged from weakened oil worker safety on offshore platforms to extracting fossil fuels from public lands.Biden announced a moratorium on oil and gas drilling on Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and is reassessing a range of extractive activities, including expanded timber operations in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and coal leasing out west in the Lower 48.New 11 Easy to overturn 43 Medium 22 Difficult 7 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Biden administration would cancel three old-growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.It would still allow Alaska Natives and small-scale timber operators to selectively log some old-growth trees.The move ends large-scale harvest of old growth trees on national forests.

https://wapo.st/2UgGVjl Biden officials canceled second-quarter lease sales, as part of its ongoing pause on new federal leasing.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/statement-second-quarter-oil-and-gas-lease-sales The Interior Department postponed quarterly lease sales in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming “to confirm the adequacy of underlying environmental analysis.” https://wapo.st/3opxU0m Biden officials instructed that any activities in roadless areas must undergo special review, effectively barring logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/memo-halting-activities-in-roadless-areas/447d2496-210f-44f7-9aef-c82be67f0d51/ President Biden established a new interagency council to devise economic strategies to shift communities away from fossil fuels.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ President Biden instructed all agencies to identify existing fossil fuel subsidies and eliminate them from their FY 2021 budget request.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ After pausing new oil and gas leasing for nearly seven months, Biden officials announced they would hold Lease Sale 527 in the fall and auctions in Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico in February 2022 response to comply with a preliminary injunction ordered by a Louisiana judge.

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/search?filterSearch=%7B%22states%22:null,%22projectTypes%22:null,%22programs%22:%5B%22FLUID_MINERALS%22%5D,%22years%22:%5B%222021%22%5D,%22open%22:true%7D In Secretarial Order 3395, Biden officials subjected all major Interior Department decisions, including awarding new permits, to approval by a senior political appointee.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/so-3395-signed.pdf The Biden administration announced plans to undertake a new environmental review of drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The move came two months after Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suspended nearly a dozen oil and gas leases issued under President Trump, saying that an “insufficient analysis” had been done before the sale.The Biden administration has proposed withdrawing 4,560 acres of land that has been exposed by the retreat of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier from mining claims.Since 1910 the glacier has retreated nearly 9,200 feet due to climate change, and it continues to shrink.

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/notice-application-withdrawal-mendenhall-glacier-and-opportunity-public-meetings President Biden proposed spending $16 billion on plugging abandoned oil and gas wells, and restoring lands that had been damaged by mining.https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/03/31/biden-infrastructure-climate-plan/ President Biden restored the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah shrunk by Donald Trump, expanding Bears Ears National Monument to 1.36 million acres, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to 1.78 million acres.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/10/07/bears-ears-biden-monument/ The Biden administration withdrew a proposed rule weakening standards governing oil and gas exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.As a result, the Obama-era rule adopted in 2016 remains in effect.https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/trump-administration-proposes-revised Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on April 16, 2021 signed Secretarial Order 3398, which reversed 12 secretarial orders issued under President Trump promoting fossil fuel development on public lands and waters.

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/so-3398-508_0.pdf Biden officials issued a new solicitor’s opinion on April 9, 2021 to override M-Opinion 37059, which prioritized offshore energy uses above other activities, including fishing.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/m-37067.pdf The Biden administration terminated a proposal scaling back protections in the plan https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-05136.pdf Biden officials rescinded a proposal that would have allowed mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP to mine copper in Oak Flat, Ariz.(washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/12/oak-flat-apache-sacred-land/) Biden officials reversed Trump Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s move to award 10-year grazing permits to Hammond Ranches, whose owners had been convicted of arson in 2012 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pardons-oregon-cattle-ranchers-in-case-that-sparked-41-day-occupation-of-national-wildlife-refuge/2018/07/10/8f7aefa0-844c-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html Interior officials rescinded the Record of Decision for a region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.https://www.boem.gov/boem-rescinds-record-decision-gulf-mexico-lease-sale Interior canceled Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258, off Alaska’s southcentral coast, saying it conflicted with Biden’s EO 14008 https://www.boem.gov/boem-cancels-comment-period-virtual-meetings-proposed-lease-sale-offshore President Biden reversed a Trump-era executive order instructing agencies to speed up the development of energy projects such as pipelines.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07656/promoting-energy-infrastructure-and-economic-growth President Biden rescinded the 2017 cross-permit Trump granted for the Keystone XL pipeline.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/24/trump-administration-grants-approval-for-keystone-xl-pipeline/ EPA announced in a court filing that it would invoke its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, thereby blocking construction of a controversal gold and copper mine.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/09/biden-bristol-bay-gold-mine/ Biden officials extended the comment period for a draft management plan affecting 13 million acres of public land in Alaska by three months.https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/35315/510 The Biden administration extended the comment period for this proposed rule, which would allow ranchers to make nonmonetary settlements when they overgraze or illegally graze on public lands, by 60 days beyond the Feb.16, 2021 deadline for public input.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/11/2021-02833/forest-service-manual-2200-chapters-zero-10-20-30-40-50-and-70-forest-service-handbook-220913 Biden officials announced June 10, 2021 that Interior would withdraw a rule overturning higher federal royalties for oil, gas and coal leases adopted at the end of the Obama administration.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interior-department-worked-behind-the-scenes-with-energy-industry-to-reverse-royalties-rule/2017/10/05/30e8d8ce-a92a-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html Proposal would make it easier to harvest timber on BLM land https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/02/2020-11888/national-environmental-policy-act-implementing-procedures-for-the-bureau-of-land-management-516-dm Sped up oil and gas leasing on Bureau of Land Management lands.

https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2018-034 President Biden ordered a review of President Trump’s move to shrink two national monuments in Utah and call for changes to other national monuments.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/25/zinke-to-review-large-national-monuments-created-since-1996-to-make-sure-the-people-have-a-voice/ Extended 20-year authorization for natural gas exports to non-trade agreement countries.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/25/2020-16836/extending-natural-gas-export-authorizations-to-non-free-trade-agreement-countries-through-the-year Proposal to reduce the financial assurances oil and gas firms leasing offshore rights must supply.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/16/2020-20827/risk-management-financial-assurance-and-loss-prevention Proposed scaling back of security requirements for drilling on federal land.https://beta.regulations.gov/document/BLM-2020-0004-0001 Proposed reducing federal fees for non-energy minerals such as potash and phosphate.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/18/2019-22535/non-energy-solid-leasable-minerals-royalty-rate-reduction-process Proposed scaling back rules governing oil pipeline spills.https://cms7.phmsa.dot.gov/regulations-fr/rulemaking/2020-05721 Proposed overhauling grazing on Bureau of Land Management lands.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/21/2020-00849/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-impact-statement-for-the-proposed-revision-of-grazing Proposed speeding up the issuing of oil and gas permits on national forest land.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/01/2020-18518/oil-and-gas-resources Proposed making it easier to locate minerals on national forest land.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/13/2018-19961/locatable-minerals Proposed plan would expand drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/30/federal-judge-declares-trumps-push-open-up-arctic-atlantic-ocean-oil-gas-drilling-illegal/ Amended hazardous materials rules to allow liquefied natural gas exports.Provided royalty relief to oil and gas firms while denying relief to renewable-energy companies.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/07/energy-202-trump-administration-dinged-by-government-watchdog-pandemic-relief-oil-companies/ Allowed seismic testing in Big Cypress National Reserve without a permit.https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/pdfs/2020041-Draft-Letter-to-BurnettL_20200402-002.pdf Executive order to encourage logging on federal lands.https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2019/01/14/trumps-executive-order-will-cut-more-forest-trees-some-publics-tools-stop-it/ Allowed state and tribal officials to lay claim to 1.3 million acres of Alaska land for development.

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/working-meet-commitments-interior-revokes-public-land-orders Moved international border-crossing permit decisions to the White House, to speed pipelines.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07645/issuance-of-permits-with-respect-to-facilities-and-land-transportation-crossings-at-the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced it would not enforce rules against operators that do not comply with farm tap regulations.https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/news/now-available-phmsa-proposed-faqs-farm-taps Barred requiring users of public lands to offset their environmental damage unless specifically directed.

https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2019-018 Removes protections from 229,715 acres in Alaska to allow for minerals extraction.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/04/2018-21641/public-land-order-no-7874-partial-revocation-of-public-land-orders-no-5179-5180-5181-5184-and-5188 Instructed agencies to use coastal, oceanic and Great Lake resources for energy production.https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-regarding-ocean-policy-advance-economic-security-environmental-interests-united-states/ Changed how regulators consider the greenhouse gas impacts of pipelines in environmental reviews.https://www.ferc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/C-6-Glick.pdf Canceled move to ban mining on 1.3 million acres of California Desert National Conservation Lands.

https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-cancels-withdrawal-proposal-california-desert Made most of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic Ocean open to oil and gas leasing.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/30/federal-judge-declares-trumps-push-open-up-arctic-atlantic-ocean-oil-gas-drilling-illegal/ Instructed Interior to revise five-year offshore leasing plan to expand energy production.https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-signs-orders-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy-strategy#:~:text=Secretarial%20Order%203350%20directs%20BOEM,and%20the%20Gulf%20of%20Mexico.

Withdrew a 2016 information collection request for greenhouse gas emissions from existing oil and gas operations.https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/withdrawal-2016-information-request-oil-and Approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/07/06/dakota-access-pipeline/ A federal court reversed the Trump administration’s authorization of a petroleum company, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, to “take” marine mammals incidental to oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-hilcorp-alaska-llc-oil-and-gas-activities-cook-inlet-alaska In response to a lawsuit, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ordered a review of the Trump administration’s decision to expand drilling on the largest swath of federal land, in Alaska, by 7 million acres.

The process will look at the decision’s impact on environmental, subsistence and cultural resources.https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/oceans/pdfs/National-Petroluem-Reserve-BLM-Memo-re-IAP-Review.pdf The Biden administration asked for a pause in litigation over the Trump administration’s move to revive mining leases near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.A federal judge granted the motion, that will allow the Agriculture and Interior Departments to review the matter until June 21, 2021.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/23/trump-administration-renews-mining-leases-near-minnesota-wilderness-area/ Biden paused an Office of Comptroller of the Currency rule finalized on Jan.14, 2021 that barred banks from refusing to finance projects for certain sectors, such as fossil fuels.It was set to take effect April 1, 2021.https://occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2021/nr-occ-2021-8.html Proposed limiting protests on federal timber sales.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/18/2020-27580/forest-management-decision-protest-process-and-timber-sale-administration Would make more than 13 million acres in the Western Bering Sea open to development https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/04/2020-26646/notice-of-availability-of-the-proposed-resource-management-plan-and-final-environmental-impact A federal judge in Alaska threw out key permits the Trump administration issued for ConocoPhillips Willow Project, which could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day during its 30-year operation.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/18/biden-climate-willow-project/ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the administration would reinstate a Clinton-era rule that prohibited road-building and logging in most of the Tongass National Forest.It targeted the rule on Biden’s first day in office.https://wapo.st/2UgGVjl Allowed the bulk transport of liquified natural gas in rail tank cars.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/24/2020-13604/hazardous-materials-liquefied-natural-gas-by-rail Withdrew rule that would ensure mining firms paid the cost of cleaning up their operations.https://www.epa.gov/superfund/final-action-financial-responsibility-requirements-under-cercla-section-108b-classes Rescinded tighter fracking rules on federal and Indian lands.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/29/to-round-out-a-year-of-rollbacks-the-trump-administration-just-repealed-key-regulations-on-fracking/ Allowing drilling in Utah’s Labyrinth Canyon, in an area surrounded by wilderness https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/climate-environment/trump-climate-environment-protections/ Opens 9.7 million acres in western Alaska to mineral leasing.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-01111.pdf The Trump administration reached an agreement with Canadian-owned Midas Gold, over the objections of Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe, to do a partial cleanup of the historical Stibnite Mine Site that clears the way for a massive open-pit gold mine.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/stibnite-mine-settlement-with-midas-gold/58570150-d696-4139-bb00-e2a04c364be6/ Expanded grazing by amending the Sonoran Desert National Monument Grazing Plan.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-approves-grazing-plan-amendment-sonoran-desert-national Reduced the requirements that tribes face when they enter into energy agreements involving tribal land/ https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/18/2019-27399/tribal-energy-resource-agreements The Trump administration approved a phosphate mining operation by a subsidiary of Bayer.Activists have sued, arguing the government didn’t adequately consider the s of the project.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-issues-record-decision-caldwell-canyon-mine-phosphate-project Eliminated most of the “Sagebrush Focal Areas” created to protect the imperiled sage grouse.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/20/2019-05292/notice-of-availability-of-record-of-decision-and-approved-resource-management-plan-amendment-for Determined that coal mining can take place in an area near Bryce Canyon National Park.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/agencies-urge-interior-to-reject-mining-near-national-park/2012/02/03/gIQA8YtBoQ_story.html Overturned guidance to protect sage grouse habitat.https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2018-026 Removed copper filter cake, which contains heavy metals, from EPA’s hazardous waste list.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/02/2017-21112/hazardous-waste-management-system-identification-and-listing-of-hazardous-waste Nullified an Obama-era rule requiring firms to disclose payments to foreign governments for mining projects.

https://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2020/34-90679.pdf Weakened the requirement for oil firms to test fail-safe devices use to prevent oil spills.https://www.bsee.gov/guidance-and-regulations/regulations/regulatory-reform/bsee-well-control-rule-2019 Lifted the ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/19/senate-votes-to-raise-revenue-by-drilling-in-the-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/ Approval for a lithium mine on BLM land that provides habitat for sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and a rare type of springsnail.

https://eplanning.blm.gov/public_projects/1503166/200352542/20033308/250039507/Thacker_Pass_Project_ROD_signed_2021-01-15.pdf Weakened federal oversight of mine safety and requirements to report safety violations.https://www.osmre.gov/LRG/FEDREG/TDNFinalRule102920.pdf Trump officials auctioned off 11 leases to drill on 552,000 acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Jan.6, 2021, netting $14.4 million.They finalized the leases before President Biden took office.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/06/trump-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-polar-bears/ Rolled back offshore drilling equipment safety rules adopted after Deepwater Horizon disaster.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/pdf/2018-21197.pdf Quickened approvals for small-scale natural gas exports to non-trade agreement countries https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15903.pdf New 11 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Biden administration would cancel three old-growth timber sales in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.It would still allow Alaska Natives and small-scale timber operators to selectively log some old-growth trees.The move ends large-scale harvest of old growth trees on national forests.https://wapo.st/2UgGVjl Biden officials canceled second-quarter lease sales, as part of its ongoing pause on new federal leasing.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/statement-second-quarter-oil-and-gas-lease-sales The Interior Department postponed quarterly lease sales in Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming “to confirm the adequacy of underlying environmental analysis.” https://wapo.st/3opxU0m Biden officials instructed that any activities in roadless areas must undergo special review, effectively barring logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/memo-halting-activities-in-roadless-areas/447d2496-210f-44f7-9aef-c82be67f0d51/ President Biden established a new interagency council to devise economic strategies to shift communities away from fossil fuels.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ President Biden instructed all agencies to identify existing fossil fuel subsidies and eliminate them from their FY 2021 budget request.https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/27/executive-order-on-tackling-the-climate-crisis-at-home-and-abroad/ After pausing new oil and gas leasing for nearly seven months, Biden officials announced they would hold Lease Sale 527 in the fall and auctions in Alabama, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico in February 2022 response to comply with a preliminary injunction ordered by a Louisiana judge.https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/search?filterSearch=%7B%22states%22:null,%22projectTypes%22:null,%22programs%22:%5B%22FLUID_MINERALS%22%5D,%22years%22:%5B%222021%22%5D,%22open%22:true%7D In Secretarial Order 3395, Biden officials subjected all major Interior Department decisions, including awarding new permits, to approval by a senior political appointee.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/so-3395-signed.pdf The Biden administration announced plans to undertake a new environmental review of drilling within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.The move came two months after Interior Secretary Deb Haaland suspended nearly a dozen oil and gas leases issued under President Trump, saying that an “insufficient analysis” had been done before the sale.

The Biden administration has proposed withdrawing 4,560 acres of land that has been exposed by the retreat of Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier from mining claims.Since 1910 the glacier has retreated nearly 9,200 feet due to climate change, and it continues to shrink.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/notice-application-withdrawal-mendenhall-glacier-and-opportunity-public-meetings President Biden proposed spending $16 billion on plugging abandoned oil and gas wells, and restoring lands that had been damaged by mining.https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/03/31/biden-infrastructure-climate-plan/ Easy to overturn 43 Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive President Biden restored the boundaries of two national monuments in Utah shrunk by Donald Trump, expanding Bears Ears National Monument to 1.36 million acres, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument to 1.78 million acres.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/10/07/bears-ears-biden-monument/ The Biden administration withdrew a proposed rule weakening standards governing oil and gas exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

As a result, the Obama-era rule adopted in 2016 remains in effect.https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/latest-news/statements-and-releases/press-releases/trump-administration-proposes-revised Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on April 16, 2021 signed Secretarial Order 3398, which reversed 12 secretarial orders issued under President Trump promoting fossil fuel development on public lands and waters.

https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/so-3398-508_0.pdf Biden officials issued a new solicitor’s opinion on April 9, 2021 to override M-Opinion 37059, which prioritized offshore energy uses above other activities, including fishing.https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/m-37067.pdf The Biden administration terminated a proposal scaling back protections in the plan https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-05136.pdf Biden officials rescinded a proposal that would have allowed mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP to mine copper in Oak Flat, Ariz.

(washingtonpost.com/history/2021/04/12/oak-flat-apache-sacred-land/) Biden officials reversed Trump Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s move to award 10-year grazing permits to Hammond Ranches, whose owners had been convicted of arson in 2012 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-pardons-oregon-cattle-ranchers-in-case-that-sparked-41-day-occupation-of-national-wildlife-refuge/2018/07/10/8f7aefa0-844c-11e8-8553-a3ce89036c78_story.html Interior officials rescinded the Record of Decision for a region-wide lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico.https://www.boem.gov/boem-rescinds-record-decision-gulf-mexico-lease-sale Interior canceled Cook Inlet OCS Oil & Gas Lease Sale 258, off Alaska’s southcentral coast, saying it conflicted with Biden’s EO 14008 https://www.boem.gov/boem-cancels-comment-period-virtual-meetings-proposed-lease-sale-offshore President Biden reversed a Trump-era executive order instructing agencies to speed up the development of energy projects such as pipelines.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07656/promoting-energy-infrastructure-and-economic-growth President Biden rescinded the 2017 cross-permit Trump granted for the Keystone XL pipeline.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/24/trump-administration-grants-approval-for-keystone-xl-pipeline/ EPA announced in a court filing that it would invoke its authority under the Clean Water Act to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay, thereby blocking construction of a controversal gold and copper mine.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/09/09/biden-bristol-bay-gold-mine/ Biden officials extended the comment period for a draft management plan affecting 13 million acres of public land in Alaska by three months.

https://eplanning.blm.gov/eplanning-ui/project/35315/510 The Biden administration extended the comment period for this proposed rule, which would allow ranchers to make nonmonetary settlements when they overgraze or illegally graze on public lands, by 60 days beyond the Feb.16, 2021 deadline for public input.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/02/11/2021-02833/forest-service-manual-2200-chapters-zero-10-20-30-40-50-and-70-forest-service-handbook-220913 Biden officials announced June 10, 2021 that Interior would withdraw a rule overturning higher federal royalties for oil, gas and coal leases adopted at the end of the Obama administration.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/interior-department-worked-behind-the-scenes-with-energy-industry-to-reverse-royalties-rule/2017/10/05/30e8d8ce-a92a-11e7-b3aa-c0e2e1d41e38_story.html Proposal would make it easier to harvest timber on BLM land https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/02/2020-11888/national-environmental-policy-act-implementing-procedures-for-the-bureau-of-land-management-516-dm Sped up oil and gas leasing on Bureau of Land Management lands.https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2018-034 President Biden ordered a review of President Trump’s move to shrink two national monuments in Utah and call for changes to other national monuments.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/04/25/zinke-to-review-large-national-monuments-created-since-1996-to-make-sure-the-people-have-a-voice/ Extended 20-year authorization for natural gas exports to non-trade agreement countries.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/08/25/2020-16836/extending-natural-gas-export-authorizations-to-non-free-trade-agreement-countries-through-the-year Proposal to reduce the financial assurances oil and gas firms leasing offshore rights must supply.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/10/16/2020-20827/risk-management-financial-assurance-and-loss-prevention Proposed scaling back of security requirements for drilling on federal land.https://beta.regulations.gov/document/BLM-2020-0004-0001 Proposed reducing federal fees for non-energy minerals such as potash and phosphate.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/18/2019-22535/non-energy-solid-leasable-minerals-royalty-rate-reduction-process Proposed scaling back rules governing oil pipeline spills.https://cms7.phmsa.dot.gov/regulations-fr/rulemaking/2020-05721 Proposed overhauling grazing on Bureau of Land Management lands.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/01/21/2020-00849/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-impact-statement-for-the-proposed-revision-of-grazing Proposed speeding up the issuing of oil and gas permits on national forest land.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/01/2020-18518/oil-and-gas-resources Proposed making it easier to locate minerals on national forest land.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/09/13/2018-19961/locatable-minerals Proposed plan would expand drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/30/federal-judge-declares-trumps-push-open-up-arctic-atlantic-ocean-oil-gas-drilling-illegal/ Amended hazardous materials rules to allow liquefied natural gas exports.

Provided royalty relief to oil and gas firms while denying relief to renewable-energy companies.https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/07/energy-202-trump-administration-dinged-by-government-watchdog-pandemic-relief-oil-companies/ Allowed seismic testing in Big Cypress National Reserve without a permit.https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/public_lands/pdfs/2020041-Draft-Letter-to-BurnettL_20200402-002.pdf Executive order to encourage logging on federal lands.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2019/01/14/trumps-executive-order-will-cut-more-forest-trees-some-publics-tools-stop-it/ Allowed state and tribal officials to lay claim to 1.3 million acres of Alaska land for development.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/working-meet-commitments-interior-revokes-public-land-orders Moved international border-crossing permit decisions to the White House, to speed pipelines.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/04/15/2019-07645/issuance-of-permits-with-respect-to-facilities-and-land-transportation-crossings-at-the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration announced it would not enforce rules against operators that do not comply with farm tap regulations.https://www.phmsa.dot.gov/news/now-available-phmsa-proposed-faqs-farm-taps Barred requiring users of public lands to offset their environmental damage unless specifically directed.https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2019-018 Removes protections from 229,715 acres in Alaska to allow for minerals extraction.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/04/2018-21641/public-land-order-no-7874-partial-revocation-of-public-land-orders-no-5179-5180-5181-5184-and-5188 Instructed agencies to use coastal, oceanic and Great Lake resources for energy production.

https://trumpwhitehouse.archives.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-regarding-ocean-policy-advance-economic-security-environmental-interests-united-states/ Changed how regulators consider the greenhouse gas impacts of pipelines in environmental reviews.https://www.ferc.gov/sites/default/files/2020-06/C-6-Glick.pdf Canceled move to ban mining on 1.3 million acres of California Desert National Conservation Lands.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-cancels-withdrawal-proposal-california-desert Made most of the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic Ocean open to oil and gas leasing.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/03/30/federal-judge-declares-trumps-push-open-up-arctic-atlantic-ocean-oil-gas-drilling-illegal/ Instructed Interior to revise five-year offshore leasing plan to expand energy production.https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-zinke-signs-orders-implementing-america-first-offshore-energy-strategy#:~:text=Secretarial%20Order%203350%20directs%20BOEM,and%20the%20Gulf%20of%20Mexico.Withdrew a 2016 information collection request for greenhouse gas emissions from existing oil and gas operations.

https://www.epa.gov/controlling-air-pollution-oil-and-natural-gas-industry/withdrawal-2016-information-request-oil-and Approved construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2020/07/06/dakota-access-pipeline/ Medium 22 Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling A federal court reversed the Trump administration’s authorization of a petroleum company, Hilcorp Alaska LLC, to “take” marine mammals incidental to oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-hilcorp-alaska-llc-oil-and-gas-activities-cook-inlet-alaska In response to a lawsuit, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland ordered a review of the Trump administration’s decision to expand drilling on the largest swath of federal land, in Alaska, by 7 million acres.The process will look at the decision’s impact on environmental, subsistence and cultural resources.https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/oceans/pdfs/National-Petroluem-Reserve-BLM-Memo-re-IAP-Review.pdf The Biden administration asked for a pause in litigation over the Trump administration’s move to revive mining leases near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.A federal judge granted the motion, that will allow the Agriculture and Interior Departments to review the matter until June 21, 2021.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/23/trump-administration-renews-mining-leases-near-minnesota-wilderness-area/ Biden paused an Office of Comptroller of the Currency rule finalized on Jan.14, 2021 that barred banks from refusing to finance projects for certain sectors, such as fossil fuels.It was set to take effect April 1, 2021.https://occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2021/nr-occ-2021-8.html Proposed limiting protests on federal timber sales.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/18/2020-27580/forest-management-decision-protest-process-and-timber-sale-administration Would make more than 13 million acres in the Western Bering Sea open to development https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/04/2020-26646/notice-of-availability-of-the-proposed-resource-management-plan-and-final-environmental-impact A federal judge in Alaska threw out key permits the Trump administration issued for ConocoPhillips Willow Project, which could produce up to 160,000 barrels of oil a day during its 30-year operation.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/18/biden-climate-willow-project/ Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the administration would reinstate a Clinton-era rule that prohibited road-building and logging in most of the Tongass National Forest.It targeted the rule on Biden’s first day in office.https://wapo.st/2UgGVjl Allowed the bulk transport of liquified natural gas in rail tank cars.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/24/2020-13604/hazardous-materials-liquefied-natural-gas-by-rail Withdrew rule that would ensure mining firms paid the cost of cleaning up their operations.https://www.epa.gov/superfund/final-action-financial-responsibility-requirements-under-cercla-section-108b-classes Rescinded tighter fracking rules on federal and Indian lands.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/12/29/to-round-out-a-year-of-rollbacks-the-trump-administration-just-repealed-key-regulations-on-fracking/ Allowing drilling in Utah’s Labyrinth Canyon, in an area surrounded by wilderness https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/climate-environment/trump-climate-environment-protections/ Opens 9.7 million acres in western Alaska to mineral leasing.https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-01111.pdf The Trump administration reached an agreement with Canadian-owned Midas Gold, over the objections of Idaho’s Nez Perce Tribe, to do a partial cleanup of the historical Stibnite Mine Site that clears the way for a massive open-pit gold mine.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/context/stibnite-mine-settlement-with-midas-gold/58570150-d696-4139-bb00-e2a04c364be6/ Expanded grazing by amending the Sonoran Desert National Monument Grazing Plan.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/bureau-land-management-approves-grazing-plan-amendment-sonoran-desert-national Reduced the requirements that tribes face when they enter into energy agreements involving tribal land/ https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/18/2019-27399/tribal-energy-resource-agreements The Trump administration approved a phosphate mining operation by a subsidiary of Bayer.

Activists have sued, arguing the government didn’t adequately consider the s of the project.https://www.blm.gov/press-release/blm-issues-record-decision-caldwell-canyon-mine-phosphate-project Eliminated most of the “Sagebrush Focal Areas” created to protect the imperiled sage grouse.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/20/2019-05292/notice-of-availability-of-record-of-decision-and-approved-resource-management-plan-amendment-for Determined that coal mining can take place in an area near Bryce Canyon National Park.https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/agencies-urge-interior-to-reject-mining-near-national-park/2012/02/03/gIQA8YtBoQ_story.html Overturned guidance to protect sage grouse habitat.https://www.blm.gov/policy/im-2018-026 Removed copper filter cake, which contains heavy metals, from EPA’s hazardous waste list.https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/02/2017-21112/hazardous-waste-management-system-identification-and-listing-of-hazardous-waste Nullified an Obama-era rule requiring firms to disclose payments to foreign governments for mining projects.

https://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2020/34-90679.pdf Difficult 7 Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Weakened the requirement for oil firms to test fail-safe devices use to prevent oil spills.https://www.bsee.gov/guidance-and-regulations/regulations/regulatory-reform/bsee-well-control-rule-2019 Lifted the ban on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/10/19/senate-votes-to-raise-revenue-by-drilling-in-the-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge/ Approval for a lithium mine on BLM land that provides habitat for sage grouse, pronghorn antelope and a rare type of springsnail.https://eplanning.blm.gov/public_projects/1503166/200352542/20033308/250039507/Thacker_Pass_Project_ROD_signed_2021-01-15.pdf Weakened federal oversight of mine safety and requirements to report safety violations.https://www.osmre.gov/LRG/FEDREG/TDNFinalRule102920.pdf Trump officials auctioned off 11 leases to drill on 552,000 acres in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Jan.6, 2021, netting $14.4 million.They finalized the leases before President Biden took office.https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/01/06/trump-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge-polar-bears/ Rolled back offshore drilling equipment safety rules adopted after Deepwater Horizon disaster.

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-09-28/pdf/2018-21197.pdf Quickened approvals for small-scale natural gas exports to non-trade agreement countries https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-07-25/pdf/2018-15903.pdf Infrastructure and permitting The Trump administration circumvented environmental rules to speed approval of major projects such as a four-lane highway that could crush desert tortoises in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and adopting changes that will curb public input in the development of highways, power plants and incinerators near communities.New 8 Easy to overturn 21 Medium 4 Difficult 5 Policy put in place or proposed by the Biden administration Can be reversed by a simple act, such as signing an executive order or new directive Can be reversed only through more extensive action, such as rewriting a regulation or court ruling Can only be reversed through a lengthy regulatory process, act of Congress or court ruling Biden officials took steps to speed transmission on the electricity grid, including issuing a new Transportation Department guidance that allows the use of existing highway rights of way for siting transmission lines and new Energy Department funding and loan guarantees for renewable energy transmission projects and ones owned by tribes and Alaska Native Corporations.https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate/right-of-way/corridor_management/alternative_uses_guidance.cf.

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