EPA proposes relaxing coal plant emissions rule

EPA: Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year

The EPA must take comment on the proposal for the next 60 days, and environmental groups are sure to fight it.

Other critics are pointing out that EPA's own analysis predicts the new proposal would result in more deaths.

"The significant weakening of the Clean Power Plan under the Trump EPA provides far less incentive for utilities to modernize their electric power system compared to the original plan proposed during the Obama Administration".

Clarification: This story has been clarified to reflect that Rocky Mountain Power would keep coal plants online longer if it fits into their long-term plans and state regulators permit it.

Hours after the head of the EPA unveiled a more industry-friendly version of power plant regulations, President Trump used a rally in West Virginia to claim that his policies have revitalized the coal industry. The Trump Administration's rule is expected to face the same opposition that the Clean Power Plan faced: that rule was put on hold by the Supreme Court in February 2016, and when Trump took office he moved to do away with the plan entirely. "The proposed rule would give our state's leaders flexibility to determine the best way to meet Clean Air Act requirements without forcing plant closures or sticking MS families with higher electric bills".

"We're ending intrusive EPA regulations that kill jobs and raise the price of energy so quickly and so substantially", Trump said.

Finalized in 2015, the plan would by 2030 reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants from about a third lower than 2005 levels. "This new proposal from the Trump administration returns power to the states where it belongs".

"The fingerprints of the coal industry are all over this plan", Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement.

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Nebraska, whose power generation relies heavily on fossil fuels, was among the states that filed a lawsuit challenging the Clean Power Plan.

Wheeler said the EPA is allowing the free market and states to determine which energy source is best, in contrast to Obama's EPA which, he says, "picked winners and losers".

Environmental advocates blasted the proposal, saying it will boost emissions from power plants, which emit about 28 percent of USA greenhouse gases, and worsen global warming.

Environmentalists are attacking the Trump administration's proposal Tuesday to relax pollution rules for coal-fired power plants, decrying the move as a "dirty power plan" that would harm efforts to slow global warming.

Before it was finalized, IN and several other states filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan.

Stevens says if the Clean Power Plan was implemented, it would have decreased the use of IN coal by about 10 million tons - resulting IN the loss of thousands of coal mining jobs.

"When an agency wants to do something that's harmful to the American people, it typically tries to hide it", said Richard Revesz, director of the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law.

Trump has vowed to end what Republicans call a "war on coal" waged by Obama.

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