Capito, McKinley tout Trump plan to roll back coal regulations

Capito, McKinley tout Trump plan to roll back coal regulations

Capito, McKinley tout Trump plan to roll back coal regulations

Hyde-Smith praised President Trump's ACE directive for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace President Obama's Clean Power Plan-a punitive top-down federal mandate meant to eliminate coal-powered power plants.

"With our bold mandate to close all coal-fired power plants by 2020 and our nation-leading commitment to renewables, we are already at the forefront of the clean energy revolution and we will not go back".

Trump also touted his administration's efforts to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

Obama's energy plan aimed to usher in the strictest anti-pollution measures in history on power plants, but was put on hold in 2016 by the US Supreme Court.

Power plants and regulators have endured a kind of whiplash for years, as federal rules to clean up emissions have been on - and then off - repeatedly for more than a decade. It would give states the right to set their own emission standards and would promote investments to make coal plants "cleaner, modern and more efficient".

"It respects the rule of law and will enable states to build affordable, clean and reliable energy portfolios", Andrew Wheeler, EPA acting administrator, said.

The agency projects that scrapping the Clean Power Plan entirely would increase the number of premature deaths in 2030 by no more than 1,740. The EPA report cited an analysis estimating that premature deaths from one pollutant could rise by up to 1,400 per year by 2030, compared to the Obama-era rules, as first reported by The New York Times.

"So if you get increases in sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide from coal plants that are running more or running longer, then the downwind states, including the states in New England, will bear the brunt of this risky air pollution", Doniger said.

Environmental groups warned the focus on improving efficiency of coal-fired generators could raise overall carbon emissions.

The EPA can regulate those "straight up", Wehrum told reporters on a conference call.

Mary Ann Hitt, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, said in her blog the Affordable Energy Plan was developed "under disgraced former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, whose tenure was marred by a reckless war on science and shockingly unethical behavior that forced his resignation earlier this year". In other words, it's not going to move the needle much, though the talking points also inexplicably label the plan "comparable" to the Obama regulations.

"We're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around", Pelosi said during a discussion about energy policy at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco.

"A coal plant that operates more efficiently may be called upon to run more hours, increasing the total amount of Carbon dioxide emitted overall", Lissa Lynch, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

Before it was finalized, IN and several other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan. "This new proposal from the Trump administration returns power to the states where it belongs". "We feel like the EPA proposal now is based on a correct reading of the Clean Air Act". Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens says the move reverses "unprecedented overreach" of previous regulations and will give states more flexibility.

Trump has vowed to end what Republicans call a "war on coal" waged by Obama. That regulatory program requires facilities to undergo additional permitting and add pollution controls when upgrades would create significantly more emissions.

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