President Donald Trump plans to sign between two and five environmental executive orders aimed at the EPA, according to Reuters. Similar to the Trump administration’s rollout of its travel ban, the White House is reportedly planning to hold an event at the EPA headquarters, with Scott Pruitt, the agency’s new head.
“While we don’t know what, exactly, next week’s orders will say, Trump is expected to restrict the agency’s regulatory oversight. Based on one administration official’s bluster, the actions could ‘suck the air’ out of the room,” says Leber.
High on conservative activists’ hit list, says Leber, are Obama’s array of climate regulations, the landmark Paris climate deal, and the EPA’s rule that defines its jurisdiction over wetlands. Pruitt launched lawsuits against a number of these regulations.