EPA Lawsuit by the NRDC has success in reinstating regulations on mercury being released into American water systems by dental offices.
EPA Lawsuit is the Result of New Leadership
Soon after the newly elected United States President Donald Trump, took office he appointed Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt is a well-known climate change denier. Trump immediately got to work implementing an executive order to keep his promise to cut the Obama administration’s strict EPA regulations. Including a regulation that limited the release of mercury from dental offices.
The Importance of the EPA Lawsuit
As mentioned many times before by M.A.R.S, mercury is very harmful to the environment and to people.
Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit organization filed a lawsuit against the EPA, stating that “the EPA broke the law by withdrawing the mercury protection rule without public notice or an opportunity for comment.
The White House ordered agencies to withdraw a broad array of rules issued by the Obama Administration to protect public health and the environment.”
The EPA had no authority to rescind the rule without first getting public comment. The NRDC argues that the EPA cannot withdraw the mercury protection rule based on the Trump Administration’s order because the rule is final.
The EPA Lawsuit Results
On June 9th, 2017, The EPA, acting in response to the lawsuit, reinstated the rule that protects the public. It’ll stop more than five tons of mercury being released into water systems each year from dental offices.
The EPA will lift its hold on the Amalgam Separator regulation on June 14th, 2017. The rule will go into effect on July the 14th, 2017. We are entering a new phase in the containment and disposal of Mercury and the protection of our delicate environment.
M.A.R.S would like to thank the US EPA and NRDC for their efforts in bringing this important rule into the light.