When President Obama takes office next year and the Democrat-controlled Senate and House convene, you can expect two things: A roll back of some of the new environmental rules that the Bush administration put in place and a step up on enforcement.
Congress has the power to reverse federal regulations that have become finalized during the last months of a previous administration.
Henry Waxman – a powerful Democrat congressman has just been elected chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. This is one of the most powerful committees in Congress and it has jurisdiction over the environment and EPA. Waxman’s counterpart on the Senate side is Barbara Boxer – viewed as an environmental activist by many.