On July 19, the Trump Administration unveiled a proposal to strip the Endangered Species Act of several key provisions. One set of regulatory changes would weaken the consultation process designed to prevent harm to endangered animals and their habitats from federal agency activities. A second set of changes would curtail the designation of critical habitat and weaken the listing process for imperiled species. A third regulation would gut nearly all protections for wildlife newly designated as “threatened” under the Act. Together, these proposed changes will severely weaken protection for hundreds of endangered animals and plants, and foreclose or delay essential protections for hundreds of already-imperiled species. Comments on all of these proposals are due September 24, 2018.
In a change that will severely threaten the United States' ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA is proposing to roll back rules that would have required automakers to nearly double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles to an average of more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025. The EPA is also proposing to revoke California's waiver, which allows it to set its own vehicle pollution standards. Comments on this proposal are due October 23, 2018.
You can also raise your concerns in person at one of the following public hearings: (1) September 24 at The Grand, 1401 Fulton St. in Fresno, Calif.; (2) September 25 at The Dearborn Inn, 20301 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Mich.; or (3) September 26 at the DoubleTree, 1 Bigelow Square in Pittsburgh, PA. The hearings start at 10 a.m. local time and continue until 5 p.m. or until everyone has had a chance to speak. If you want to speak at these meetings, remember to register at least 10 days in advance by writing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s point person for the meetings, Kil-Jae Hong, at email@example.com.
EPA recently released its proposed replacement for the Clean Power Plan, the United States' hallmark carbon emissions regulation. EPA's proposal is significantly less stringent than the Clean Power Plan and, according to EPA's own estimates, will lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from an increase in the extremely fine particulate matter. Comments on this proposal are due October 30, 2018.
Please join Earth Island Advocates, Shark Stewards, and International Marine Mammal Project for an evening of beauty and advocacy at the David Brower Center on November 15. Additional details forthcoming.