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Congress sharpens its regulatory ax

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Science  17 Feb 2017:
Vol. 355, Issue 6326, pp. 675
DOI: 10.1126/science.355.6326.675-a

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Other rules that Congress could cancel using the Congressional Review Act include the following. Methane leaks: The House of Representatives has voted to undo a rule aimed at cutting leaks and burning of methane, a potent global warming gas, from drilling operations on public lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Land use planning: The House has also voted to repeal a BLM land use planning rule that critics say is too unfriendly to development and agriculture. Air pollution: Environmental Protection Agency rules aimed at reducing power plant pollutants could be targeted. Energy efficiency: Lawmakers are scrutinizing rules requiring more efficient vehicles and appliances.