The EPA Is Ending an Obama-Era Practice That Conservatives Say Sped Up New Rules

The Environmental Protection Agency will stop issuing new environmental regulations in response to lawsuits from outside groups, ending a practice that conservatives say had been used by environmental groups during the Obama Administration to speed up the process, the agency’s head said Monday.

In a briefing for reporters, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said that the reversal was a matter of following proper procedure.

“We are no longer going to be engaged in that practice,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a briefing for reporters. “It’s a very important day to make sure that as we engage in our rulemaking process we respect the process that Congress has established.”

The EPA will also post legal petitions publicly for comment before any potential settlement with a third party and end…

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