Trump to dump Obama's environmental protections

  • 22/02/2017
President Donald Trump (Getty)
President Donald Trump (Getty)

US President Donald Trump will reverse a handful of Obama-era environmental regulations in executive orders that could be signed as early as this week, the Washington Post reports, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the orders.

The orders will instruct the Department of the Interior to lift a ban on new coal mining leases on federal lands and will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to make changes to greenhouse gas emissions curbs on electric utilities, according to the report on Tuesday.

EPA employees had been told that Trump could sign some executive orders shortly after his pick to head the agency, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the US Senate, but they were not given the details of the orders, two EPA sources have told Reuters.