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The Trump Administration Might be Deregulating More Than You Know (Or Could Know)

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Pennsylvania State University

Read more from Simon F. Haeder and Susan Webb Yackee "The Trump Administration Might be Deregulating More Than You Know (Or Could Know)", Washington Post, August 24, 2018.

Since President Trump took office last year, his administration has been working to undo many Obama-era regulations affecting clean water, national parks, energy production and more. Most recently, President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has proposed weakening Obama-era regulations on coal-fired power plants.

But there could be still more deregulating underway than most government watchers realize. Trump — like many presidents of both parties — is using the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to change regulations before they are issued. And while these changes can be significant, the public has little or no ability to learn about them.