The Environmental Protection Agency has said it will take legal action against the Trump administration after it announced the withdrawal of two key parts of its air quality rule.EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday issued a statement saying the two parts of the rule would be temporarily revoked.
The rule, which took effect in 2021, required states to develop a plan to address and mitigate air pollution from new power plants and refineries and to make other air quality measures permanent, including limits on emissions of volatile organic compounds, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.
The move followed a court order that temporarily halted the rule in March.
It is expected to be reviewed by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit later this year.