EPA Admits New Coal Rules Endanger Health

EPA Admits New Coal Rules Endanger Health

EPA Admits New Coal Rules Endanger Health

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.

A move by President Donald Trump's administration to get rid of the Clean Power Plan has some people in DE concerned about increased downwind greenhouse gas emissions from other states.

"The cost to society in increases of death and other outcomes from air pollution are greater than the cost to industry from removing the Clean Power Plan", West said. Republican attorneys general and coal industry groups filed lawsuits to block the plan, calling it an overreach of federal power, and in 2016 the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to halt its enforcement.

The US EPA has released its Trump energy plan plan to rollback pollution controls for power plants according to a New York Times report.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule regulating coal-fired power plants, which - according to the government's own figures - could cause thousands of premature deaths per year.

The ACE Rule would restore the rule of law and empower states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide modern, reliable, and affordable energy for all Americans.

Bohrer estimated that "at least half" of North Dakota's power plants would have shut down under the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 45 percent.


The EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will instead hold two public hearings on the proposal, known as the SAFE Vehicles Rule, in Pittsburgh and Fresno, Calif. on September 21 and 24 respectively.

Rule proposes returning authority and flexibility to the states as they develop plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Perhaps more striking, the agency's analysis also finds the amount of coal produced in the U.S.is expected to decrease across the board, in some cases drastically.

Westar officials say, for now, they have enough capacity in their system and have no plans for adding additional generation, coal or otherwise, in the near future.

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. "Or we won't have electricity that we need to keep pace with people's desire", he said.

"[Trump's] nearly single-handedly turned this industry around", Chris Hamilton, senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association, said on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, noting the "the darkest days" for the industry are now over. "We feel like the EPA proposal now is based on a correct reading of the Clean Air Act". Wyoming was one of 27 states to challenge the Clean Power Plan in court.

"We have abundant legal authority to deal with those other pollutants directly, and we have aggressive programs in place that directly target emissions of those pollutants", Wehrum said. The Trump Administration has criticized the CPP as "overly prescriptive and burdensome" and has, at times, discussed an outright repeal of the rule.

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