Trump Moves To Scale Back Federal Coal Plant Regulation

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The administration's much-relaxed rules for coal-burning plants would create 48,000 new cases of "exacerbated asthma" and 21,000 more missed days of school annually by 2030, according to EPA documents.

"What we're doing is moving forward in a measured approach to reduce Carbon dioxide in the long-term and provide cheaper electricity for all Americans", Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told FOX Business' Liz Claman on Tuesday. I want crystal clean water and we've got it.

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Those numbers are not addressed in the EPA's new report.

The Affordable Clean Energy rule, or ACE, replaces the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

That is well below the 32% reduction target by 2030, from 2005 levels, set by Obama's clean power plan.

From 2000 to 2014, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants in Kansas decreased from 1,824 pounds per megawatt hour generated to 1,407 pounds.

But the Natural Resources Defense Council called Trump's proposal the "Dirty Power Plan". When Trump ran for president he promised to stop the Obama Administration's "war on coal" as he called it.

"It would mean more climate-changing pollution from power plants", Suh added. "A deadly coal plan that will expose our children and our families to deadly air because of coal pollution ..."

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"It shows that removing the Clean Power Plan would be detrimental to health", said University of North Carolina environmental engineering professor Jason West, who went through the agency's regulatory analysis with The Associated Press. "It's a win for America", he said. "To their credit, they tell us directly, 'We are doing something to cause great harm to the American people'".

The plan, released by the Environmental Protection Agency, will direct states to establish standards for such plants rather than speeding their retirement. Pennsylvania would have been required to reduce carbon emissions by about 33%.

The Trump plan will be the subject of a 60-day public comment period, after it appears in the Federal Register. "Given the magnitude of the problem with climate change and the magnitude of the solution that we need, it's really concerning that we are looking to the states as opposed to having federal leadership, which is really what we need".

Some environmentalists and states attorneys general have announced plans to sue the Trump administration over the new rule, citing both health risks and longer-term impacts on health and then environment as a result of climate change.

"There are lives on the line here", she said, "and the idea that a coal company's profits are just more important than that?"

"The fingerprints of the coal industry are all over this plan". After final regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants were issued by the EPA, a group of state and industry petitioners challenged the Clean Power Plan in federal court.

The EPA said its analysis "looks at costs and benefits compared to the world as it is", without the Clean Power Plan in force.

President Trump rolled back Obama's fuel efficiency rules earlier this month.