President Donald Trump said Thursday that the Trump administration had not made a decision on a regulation that would ban the use of electronic seals for water pollution monitoring.
“They have not made the decision yet,” Trump said at a press conference.
“But I’ll tell you this.
They’re going to have a big announcement tomorrow.”
“I will tell you that the Department of Justice and the Department Environmental Protection Agency, both of which are the same thing, are going to be announcing the new regulation, and I’m telling you, that’s going to make a big difference in terms of people’s lives,” Trump added.
“I’m talking about millions of lives.”
The Trump administration said last week that it would delay a rule that would have banned the use and sale of electronic sealers that capture air pollution.
Trump said the new rule, to be put out in March, would have a “major impact on the quality of the water that people drink and the quality that people breathe.”
Trump has called the Obama administration’s environmental policies a “disaster” and vowed to implement “major reforms” to federal agencies and the environment.
He has also said he will eliminate the Environmental Protection Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Trump also vowed to bring back the coal industry, calling it “the single greatest source of wealth in our country.”
The new EPA rule would require the use, manufacture and sale “of sealers capable of capturing airborne contaminants, including particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, ozone and carbon monoxide.”
The rule would also require the EPA to study the safety of electronic sealing devices and would require that electronic seals be tested and approved for each type of sealer.
Trump, who has often cited the coal miners health, said the rule would cost the U.S. economy $3 trillion a year.
“Our coal miners, their health and their families are going up in smoke,” Trump told reporters.
“And I want to do it for the coal people.”
Trump and his advisers have said they would make a decision within the first week of March.
“We’re not ruling out any change,” Trump spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told reporters Thursday.