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Obama’s Environmental Progress Now in Major Jeopardy After Ruling

On Tuesday, federal court walked back its previous order which sought to make the Environmental Protection Agency immediately begin enforcing an Obama administration regulation for the safety of chemical plants as well as similar facilities.

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals sent out its original order Friday, after environmental groups along with Democratic state attorneys general petitioned the judges to skip the usual 52-day waiting period and enforce their August 17 ruling, which decided that the corrupt Trump administration improperly delayed the regulation.

But on Tuesday afternoon the judges changed that order, saying that it was made “inadvertently.” The August 17 decision is still there, but it won’t take effect until October 8.

The environmental groups and attorneys general who started the original case petitioned the court on August 24 to skip the unnecessary waiting period.

“Petitioners and the public have a strong interest in the court’s mandate issuing promptly, due to the serious and irreparable harm and imminent threats to public health and safety that EPA’s Delay Rule is causing,” they said.

The EPA for the Obama administration (which actually protected the environment, unlike Trump’s EPA) wrote the rule to prevent chemical plant disasters, such as the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 15. It strengthened requirements for disaster planning along with for post-incident investigations, and included other changes.

It was supposed to start taking effect in March of 2017, but the corrupt Trump administration has delayed starting it while it reconsiders key aspects of the rule. The current compromised EPA proposed earlier in 2018 to eliminate the most substantial provisions, but the inappropriate and greed-driven rollback has not been finalized.

In its ruling last month, D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the EPA did not follow the Clean Air Act when it delayed the regulation.

“Because EPA has not engaged in reasoned decision-making, its promulgation of the delay rule is arbitrary and capricious,” said the judges.

Following the Friday ruling that the compromised EPA must start enforcing the important rule, greedy business groups and corrupt Republican attorneys general immediately petitioned the court to hold off, saying that they weren’t given enough time to make up lies to counter the accurate arguments by environmental groups.

The current corporate puppet EPA said with its own brief reply that it agrees with the greedy business groups and that it hopes the court will undo the just and wise order.

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