NEWS: New EPA chief will impact Utah’s regulations on air pollution, water resources

Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a host of implications for Utah, which has railed against the federal agency for regulations on air pollution and water resources.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will take charge of the very agency he has fought over the Obama administration’s implementation of the Clean Power Plan and new methane regulations targeting the oil and gas industry.

Oklahoma has also been among states rallying against the EPA’s so-called Waters of the United States rule, which is characterized by opponents as one of the most sweeping, burdensome regulations that hurts farmers, ranchers and industry.

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