An EPA administrator says he wants to expand a program to clean polluted air in Texas and other states.
The agency is in the process of finalizing an EPA rule for air pollution control, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday during an interview with The Hill.
Pruitt said he hopes to finalize the rule by the end of the year and send it to the Trump administration for approval.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA has authority to impose penalties for pollutants that are found to be dangerous or that pose a risk of harm to health and safety.
The EPA is also expected to expand its Clean Water Act enforcement program.
Puitt said the EPA is taking the opportunity to review regulations and enforce existing laws to reduce pollution in areas where air quality is low and potentially hazardous.
He said he’s committed to working with the Trump Administration to develop a plan to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Pauly said he is committed to enforcing existing rules and has the support of a bipartisan coalition in the Senate to make progress.