The Trump Administration’s attempts to roll back decades of environmental, workplace and safety protections will be met with some RESISTANCE. The law of the land requires that any executive agency seeking to change any existing regulation has to invite and review public comments.  At least in this setting, citizen voices have something approaching the same weight as that of paid lobbyists.  At IEB we’re tracking as many of these proposed rollbacks as possible so that our members can make their voices heard. Please read the background information in the links below and comment (and comment often) to protect the country!

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September 2018

Public Hearing w/EPA in Fresno about withdrawal of CA Emissions Waiver

September 24, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm PDT
The Grand 1401, 1401 Fulton Street
Fresno, CA 93721 United States
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The administration is making a rule change that would prevent California from enforcing stricter car emissions standards. NHTSA and EPA will jointly hold three hearings, with one of them in Fresno (about 3 hours away), please attend and make your concerns known.  See our comment guide here for suggestions.

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October 2018

Comment Deadline Oct 26 – CA Car Emissions Waiver

October 26, 2018
CA United States

Comment deadline is Oct 26, 2018, 11:59 ET, docket: EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0283. The Administration wants to undo California's more stringent car emissions standard. See our comment guide here.

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Comment Deadline Oct 31—Emissions standards for power plants

October 31, 2018
CA United States

Once upon a time, there was an administration that protected its people from dangerous modern fire-breathing dragons. Then in August 2018, the big bad wolf/ogre/gremlin/current administration announced plans to undo Obama rules limiting harmful emissions from fossil fuel power plants. The plot: to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan, and put in its place a wicked changeling, a watered down alternative dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy rule. But as in all good stories, there's time for a dramatic rescue! The law requires that…

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November 2018

Comment Deadline Nov 6 – Indefinite Detention of Immigrant Children

November 6, 2018
CA United States

Comment deadline is Nov 6, 2018, 11:59 pm ET, docket: ICEB-2018-0002. A proposed rule change would allow for indefinite detention of immigrant families with children. See our article on the issue and submit comments against this ghastly and inhumane proposal.

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Comment Deadline 11/23 – Oppose Zinke’s Request for Authority to Destroy Public Records

November 23, 2018

The Department of the Interior has sent National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) a massive "Request for Records Disposition Authority," i.e., permission to destroy old records. Interior’s request involves documents about oil and gas leases, mining, dams, wells, timber sales, marine conservation, fishing, endangered species, non-endangered species, critical habitats, land acquisition, and lots more. The request covers these categories of documents from every agency within the Interior Department, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish &…

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December 2018

Comment Deadline 12/10 – Rule Change to Penalize Immigrants for “Public Charge”

December 10, 2018

A proposed new rule by the administration would penalize millions of tax-paying legal immigrants and their US citizen children for using benefits such as nutrition assistance and Medicaid. The proposed changes to the "public charge" rule would make it harder for legal immigrants to get permanent resident status or citizenship if they use specific services, tax credits or subsidies through the ACA. Comment at >> THIS LINK << Our partners at CHIRLA provided this helpful one-pager explaining the issue but it's critically important that…

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Comment Deadline 12/17 – Rule Change Loosening Methane Emissions Standards

December 17, 2018

The Administration is looking loosen rules for methane emissions released from oil and gas production. This new rule change would increase methane emissions into the atmosphere by 380,000 tons from 2019 to 2025. For more background on the change, see this article. See announcement here and use this >> THIS LINK << to leave a comment on why you think this will accelerate climate change.

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