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For Immediate Release

Chris Saeger, 406-438-1918

Trump "Cost-Benefit" Rule Harms Public Health, Born Out of Corruption

Accountable.US urges Biden Administration to reverse moves brought about by special interests with close ties to Trump administration.


Chris Saeger, Accountable.US spokesperson, released the following statement today after theTrump administration announced it willmake it more difficult to introduce new rules to protect air quality through its so-called "cost-benefit" rule:

"Donald Trump must be held accountable for selling out Americans'air quality to big oil companies and fossil fuel lobbyistsduring a public health emergency.To restore our nation, the Biden administration must raise standards for theair we breathby rejecting these irresponsible policies that reward the special interests the Trump administration used to work for."

In July 2020, the EPA proposed a rule establishing procedural requirements for providing all information regarding the cost-benefit analysis of Clean Air Act regulatory decisions in a "consistent and transparent manner.

A wide range of energy groups whose clients would benefit from slowed-down regulations like Western Energy Alliance and the Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners have issued favorable comments on the EPA's cost-benefit rule. The American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Exelon Corporation, and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's former client Growth Energy have additionally lobbied in support of the rule.

The EPA's proposed rule will make it more difficult to implement more Clean Air Act regulations, weakening the government's ability to propose new guidelines to protect air quality.

The Biden administration should not move forward with finalizing this rule and reduce unnecessary barriers to additional Clean Air Act regulations.

Download more on the Trump administration's rule and what the next president should do to fix it at Accountable.US's Damage Control site here.

Accountable.US is a nonpartisan watchdog that exposes corruption in public life and holds government officials and corporate special interests accountable by bringing their influence and misconduct to light. In doing so, we make way for policies that advance the interests of all Americans, not just the rich and powerful.