"Trump Orders EPA To Speed Air Quality Permits To Aid Industry"

"WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to speed up its decision-making on air quality permitting to make it easier for manufacturers to expand and open new plants.

“These actions are intended to ensure that EPA carries out its core missions of protecting the environment and improving air quality in accord with statutory requirements, while reducing unnecessary impediments to new manufacturing and business expansion essential for a growing economy,” Trump said in a memorandum.

It orders the EPA to make changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program (NAAQS) to reduce “unnecessary barriers that are holding back manufacturing and business growth,” according to a White House statement."

Steve Holland, Doina Chiacu, and Eric Walsh report for Reuters April 12, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 04/13/2018