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States Have a Right to Protect Citizens From Air Pollution. But the EPA Disagrees
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States Have a Right to Protect Citizens From Air Pollution. But the EPA Disagrees

Author Alison Cassady discusses the Trump administration's proposal to freeze federal vehicle efficiency standards, benefitting the oil industry at the expense of states' rights, automobile workers, and consumers.


  • Alison Cassady

The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—led first by disgraced former administrator Scott Pruitt and now by Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler—has promised to issue new rules and standards within the framework of “cooperative federalism.” The EPA describes this approach as “working collaboratively with states, local government, and tribes” to implement environmental laws “rather than dictating one-size-fits-all mandates from Washington.”

The Trump EPA’s latest proposal, however, demonstrates that this new brand of cooperative federalism comes with a huge caveat: Cooperative federalism is the goal unless a state or local government wants to go above and beyond federal standards to protect the local environment and public health.

The above excerpt was originally published in Fortune. Click here to view the full article.

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Alison Cassady

Managing Director