Trump Executive Order Could Gut Health, Safety, Environmental Protections

WASHINGTON – President Trump today signed an executive order directing each administrative agency and department to designate a “regulatory reform officer” and to establish a “regulatory reform task force,” according to press reports. The order implements the administration’s plan to attack the process by which safety, health and environmental standards are set.

The following is a statement by Scott Slesinger, legislative director at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“Don’t be fooled.  No matter how President Trump tries to dress it up, this order is a directive to kill the safeguards Americans depend on for clean air, drinkable water and safe food.”

NRDC, together with partner groups, brought a lawsuit on February 8 seeking to block an earlier executive order that would require agencies to repeal two existing regulations for each new regulation agencies put in place.

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