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Your Call: The cost of reversing environmental protections

Mary Workman Holds A Jar of Undrinkable Water That Comes from Her Well, and Has Filed A Damage Suit Against the Hanna Coal Company. For the Documerica Project (1971-1977), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


What environmental protections have Congressional Republicans and the Trump administration reversed so far?

Congress has repealed a rule protecting waterways from coal waste. The Trump administration has called for a 25 percent cut to the EPA’s budget, which would “zero out” several programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws. Trump has also signed executive orders to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. What’s next?


William Snape, senior counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity

Jack Cushman, editor and reporter for InsideClimate News

Web Resources:

Center for Biological Diversity

InsideClimate News

Rules at Risk- The Congressional Review Act

The National Archive: Documerica Project by the Environmental Protection Agency

The Washington Post: White House proposes steep budget cut to leading climate science agency

Popular Science: This is what America looked like before the EPA cleaned it up

The New York Times: Rolling Back Rules: A Dozen Examples

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.