Trump to sign executive order to review environmental protections

President Donald Trump will sign an executive order that will review and assess environmental protections at all federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency.

The order, to be released Monday by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, will provide guidance on the federal government’s ability to address threats to the environment from climate change, water, air and land.

In a statement to The Hill, Trump said he plans to focus on how the executive order will address the EPA’s ability “to protect public health and the environment.”

The order will require the EPA to submit a plan for an evaluation of the agency’s environmental and social protections, including an evaluation on how those protections are effective and how they could be improved, according to a statement from Spicer.

Trump is also expected to sign an order directing the EPA Administrator to conduct a review of how the agency responds to a number of climate change and environmental threats.

“The EPA will be responsible for ensuring that the EPA can protect the public health, the environment, and economic competitiveness,” Spicer said.