White House Directs EPA to Review Air Quality Standards and Permitting Process [April 4, 2018] [open pdf - 120KB]
"A new White House memorandum directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review and streamline Clean Air Act implementation. Its stated aims are to protect air quality 'while reducing unnecessary impediments to new manufacturing and business expansion.' Since 2011, congressional actions on air quality issues have centered on EPA's regulatory authority, including EPA's 2015 revision to ozone air quality standards. Two recent bills-H.R. 806 and S. 263-would, among other things, delay designation of areas not meeting the ozone standards and extend EPA's review period for air quality standards from every five years to 10. This Insight summarizes the memorandum's directives and discusses considerations for Congress."
CRS Insight, IN10891
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html