NRDC and Partners Sue Trump Administration Over 2-for-1 Regulations Order

WASHINGTON – The Natural Resources Defense Council, together with Public Citizen and the Communications Workers of America, sued the Trump administration today, seeking to block a January 30 executive order requiring agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each new regulation it puts in place.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“President Trump’s order would deny Americans the basic protections they rightly expect,” said NRDC President Rhea Suh.  “New efforts to stop pollution don’t automatically make old ones unnecessary.  When you make policy by tweet, it yields irrational rules.  This order imposes a false choice between clean air, clean water, safe food and other environmental safeguards.”

In the lawsuit, filed in the federal district court here, the plaintiffs claim, among other things, that the order goes beyond President Trump’s authority under the Constitution and that agencies cannot comply with the order without violating the laws under which they operate.  They also claim that the order will block or force the repeal of regulations needed to protect health, safety and the environment.

The plaintiffs are asking the court to stop the administration from implementing and enforcing the order.

A copy of the complaint will be posted here.

More background on the lawsuit is here.

For more information, a blog by NRDC’s Rhea Suh will be posted here.

A coalition release on the lawsuit is available here.


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