10/31/2019 - Regulatory Rollbacks

EPA’s Attack on New Source Review and Other Air Quality Protection Tools

by Janet McCabe, Joe Goffman, William Niebling

In our white paper, we discuss the Trump EPA’s changes to the New Source Review (NSR) program and what effects these changes will have on air quality and public health.

The purpose of the Clean Air Act is to ensure that the quality of the air people in the US breathe does not threaten their health. Since its passage in 1970, emissions of air pollution have decreased, air quality has improved, and the national economy has moved forward. Instead of celebrating and building on this success, EPA in the Trump administration has taken a series of actions to weaken a number of EPA programs, like NSR, instrumental to achieving air quality results.

See our legal analysis of these changes here.