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Trump orders EPA to speed air quality permits to aid industry

President Donald Trump prodded federal regulators Thursday to quicken processing of air quality permits for businesses, saying it would boost economic growth and job creation.

Among steps outlined in a White House memorandum to the Environmental Protection Agency were deadlines for acting on Clean Air Act permit applications, a search for changes in rules or procedures that would expedite permit decisions and giving state agencies greater authority to deal with air pollution.

Trump said in a Rose Garden appearance he was directing the EPA “to cut even more red tape on our manufacturers so they can expand and will continue to hire and grow.”

Tax cuts enacted late last year will help, he said, but “the cutting of regulations could have had the same or even bigger impact on our economy.”

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