Sunday, July 02, 2017

Trump administration in violation of "The Clean Air Act," USA law.

Those are oysters? Really? WHEN are fisheries going to be considered important enough to be valued over petroleum?

Left - More acidic seawater (click here) is corrosive and contains less of the minerals that oysters need to build their shells

June 30, 2017
By Cassandra Profita

Fourteen states (click here) — including Oregon and Washington — are threatening to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violating the Clean Air Act.

In a letter to the EPA sent Thursday, the group argues Director Scott Pruitt broke the law when he ordered his agency to halt part of the rule-making process for regulating methane and other air pollution from oil and gas facilities.

Last year, the EPA adopted a rule limiting methane and other pollutants from new and modified oil and gas extraction facilities and pipelines. Then, in March, Pruitt stopped the EPA from developing guidelines for existing oil and gas facilities to go along with that rule.

The letter says Pruitt's order — given without notice or opportunity for the public to comment — violated the federal Clean Air Act.

Methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and existing facilities emit more methane than newer facilities, the letter states. So backing off of the air pollution guidelines for existing oil and gas facilities is a setback in the fight against climate change. Plus, the letter says, it’s against the law....