The EPA has fulfilled almost all major demands made by the American Petroleum Institute within its first year under Trump
The Trump administrations zeal for environmental rollbacks has enabled it to fulfill almost all of the top priorities in a wishlist drawn up by the American Petroleum Institute (API), the leading lobby group for US oil and gas companies.
In a document called comments on specific regulations sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in May, API highlighted eight key changes it wanted to ease the regulation of air and water pollution. An analysis shows that the EPA has now so far either partially or wholly delivered on six out of these eight key demands within the first year of the Trump administration,which solicited input on government rules from a number of trade groups.
Earlier this year a letter penned by Howard Feldman, senior director of regulatory affairs at API, accompanied the lobby groups wish list for government, and it stated that fossil fuel companies are thriving despite the unprecedented level of federal regulatory actions targeting our industry.
Feldman called for the federal government to alter regulations in a way that promotes access to domestic oil and natural gas resources, streamlined permitting and cost-effective regulations.
The letter is addressed to Samantha Dravis, an EPA associate administrator who previously held a senior role at the Republican Attorneys General Association and was counsel to Freedom Partners, one of the groups in the Koch brothers network.
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