“These rollbacks have cleared the way for coal mines and oil wells on public lands, they have eliminated the Clean Power Plan and set our national energy policy backwards,” Brown said in brief testimony before the House Committee on Energy and Environment. “I will not stand and watch.”
Brown was pitching a concept she first unveiled in October, while she was in the midst of a tough re-election fight. Under House Bill 2250, dubbed the “Oregon Environmental Protection Act,” state agencies charged with enforcing federal environmental regulations would keep an eye out for “proposed and final changes” to federal policy that are “significantly less protective” to public health or the environment than regulations in place Jan. 19, 2017, the day before Trump took office.

When they found such changes to the federal Clean Air Act, Water Pollution Control Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act, state departments would be required to “take actions as necessary” to continue pre-Trump protections. In the case of the Department of Environmental Quality, such actions would be recommended to an oversight commission.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown began the job Tuesday of selling lawmakers on a bill that would direct Oregon agencies to sidestep rollbacks of environmental protections under President Donald Trump.
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