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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Year in Review 2018

January 16, 2019
By Environmental Protection Agency Staff

Overview of the U.S. EPA's accomplishments in 2018

"Under President Trump, EPA has made tremendous progress reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens. In the last year, EPA finalized 13 major deregulatory actions –a rate of at least one rule a month. The Agency nearly doubled its cost-savings goals for the year and easily met the 2-for-1 requirement per President Trump’s Executive Order 13771. Since President Trump took office, EPA has finalized 33 major deregulatory actions, saving Americans almost $2 billion in regulatory costs.

Between 1970 and 2017, the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropped by 73 percent, while the U.S. economy grew more than three times [and] total U.S. GHG emissions ... decreased by 2.7 percent during 2017.

EPA estimates the Trump administration's Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient Vehicles rule will save thousands of lives, decrease overall average vehicle ownership costs for new vehicles, approximately $2,340, and educe regulatory costs approximately $252.6 billion reduction through MY 2029.