EPA To Ease Emission Restrictions On Coal-Fired Power Plants

EPA To Ease Emission Restrictions On Coal-Fired Power Plants

EPA To Ease Emission Restrictions On Coal-Fired Power Plants

Monday morning Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said the Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming.

President Barack Obama's signature plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from electrical generation took years to develop and touched every aspect of power production and use, from smokestacks to home insulation.

"As EPA administrator, Scott is working to strike an appropriate balance between protecting water and air, and preventing the kind of job-killing over-regulation", McConnell said, adding that he's been working to "stop the war on coal in its tracks".

Pruitt said the rule, enacted in 2015, "was about picking winners and losers". "Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers", he said at the event.

"The Supreme Court has concluded multiple times that EPA is obligated by law to move forward with action to regulate greenhouse gases", said McCarthy, "but this administration has no intention of following the law".

When the cheers subsided, Pruitt said, "Tomorrow, in Washington, D.C., I'll be signing a proposed rule to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan from the past administration, and thus begin the effort to withdraw that rule". Today's announcement from Pruitt is an expected result of that order. Last year, the Supreme Court blocked the rule from taking effect while courts assessed those lawsuits.

When the rule was finalized in 2015, power plants were the largest source of USA climate pollution, comprising 31% of the nation's emissions.

President Donald Trump, who appointed Pruitt and shares his skepticism of established climate science, promised to kill the Clean Power Plan during the 2016 campaign as part of his broader pledge to revive the nation's struggling coal mines. In a forthcoming advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, the EPA will ask "what inside-the-fence-line options are legal, feasible and appropriate", according to a document obtained by Bloomberg. Even so, the plan helped drive a recent wave of retirements of coal-fired plants, which are also being squeezed by low cost natural gas and renewable power.

The latest EPA plans, contained in a 43-page document called "Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources", say the agency will appeal for public input on how to cut emissions from power plants.

In the absence of stricter federal regulations curbing greenhouse gas emissions, many states have issued their own mandates promoting energy conservation.

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