Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Tuesday he is ending enforcement of the Clean Power Act in North Dakotas.
Pruitt said the Clean Energy and Clean Water Act has allowed the EPA to work with the states and communities to ensure that states can reduce their emissions and protect their water, air and land.
Pruitt’s move comes as President Donald Trump’s administration seeks to reverse an Obama administration decision to phase out the Clean Water Rule, which required states to reduce their methane emissions.
The Clean Energy Act is one of the main provisions of the landmark 2010 Clean Power and Clean Energy Acts.
“I am ending EPA enforcement of Clean Power Program enforcement in North Carolina and other states,” Pruitt said in a statement Tuesday.
“While I cannot and will not stop enforcing the Clean Air Act, I will work with Congress to help ensure that the Clean Wind, Water and Power Act continues to provide clean, affordable electricity.”