Proposed national environmental policy rollbacks could have major implications for local residents, ranging from contaminated water to limited assistance on electric bills for low-income residents, environmental groups warn.
The Trump administration has frozen or proposed to overturn dozens of environmental regulations, many before they went into effect, in a plan to ease government oversight on coal, oil and other industries.
"If we don't have confidence that there is someone at the head of the [Environmental] Protection Agency that is using science, then we lose ground," Southern Alliance of Clean Energy Executive Director Stephen Smith said.
Smith said the current state of affairs is like a car wheel held on by lug nuts. EPA leader Scott Pruitt and the rest of the Trump administration are loosening those lug nuts with every rollback, he said.