Washington state to fight Trump's coal plant plan

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

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

Under the new proposal, states would have the authority to craft their own plans for how to reduce emissions at the power plant level, largely by striving to make plants more efficient with heat rate improvements.

The EPA proposal broadly increases the authority given to states to regulate existing coal power plants.

"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", said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a departmental statement.

The plan will impact more than 300 coal-fired power plants across the USA, and the plan will provide incentives to keep the plants operating, the EPA said.

While Wheeler says this proposal is less aggressive than the Obama plan, he argues it's still going to help the environment. "But I'm getting rid of some of these ridiculous rules and regulations, which are killing our companies ... and our jobs".

Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., the chairman of the Congressional Coal Caucus, said Trump is keeping his promise to "revitalize the coal industry". "Senator Byrd had a coal powered plan fueling the Capitol, you know I [unintelligible] that's gonna go, with all due respect to West Virginia we're not gonna have a coal power plant floating around". The Clean Power Plan has been on hold since the Supreme Court stayed the regulation pending legal challenges.

That shift would cause 240 to 1,400 additional premature deaths in 2030 from particular matter, and 6 to 230 additional premature deaths from ozone, the EPA estimates.

In Kentucky, about one in 10 children and adults suffer from asthma, which is aggravated by air pollution.

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

Bill Price, an organizing manager for the Sierra Club based in Charleston, said West Virginians should expect to see their air quality and health decrease because of the rollback of the Clean Power Plan. While that environmental action did not move forward, the liberal leaning-Center for American Progress says this new direction is irresponsible.

Alana Austin, of the Gray D.C. Bureau, interviews the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, also known as the EPA, about the new standards for states. It rolls back an Obama -Era initiative to combat climate change by regulating the coal industry at the federal level.

"An important part of what we're doing here is getting us back into our lane", Wehrum said. As electric utilities move away from coal, the amount of carbon they're emitting is decreasing regardless of government regulations. Yet any change that would bolster nitrogen oxide emissions by 40 tonnes a year - perhaps just because the plants would run more as a result of the upgrades - would also trigger requirements to install modern controls to keep those pollutants at bay.

Tuesday's EPA announcement opens a 60 day public-comment period before finalization.

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But the new rules likely won't change the trajectory of carbon dioxide emissions in Kansas. Meanwhile, the solar energy industry employs more than three times as many people as the coal industry.

"Replacing the Clean Power Plan with this irresponsible plan is a complete giveaway to large corporate polluters and fossil fuel special interests at the expense of American families".

One of the key differences between the Trump rule and the Obama one is the lack of pollution goals.

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