EPA Proposes New Rule To Replace Clean Power Plan

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The Trump plan will be the subject of a 60-day public comment period, after it appears in the Federal Register. The administration's own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that the new rules could also lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths annually by 2030 from heart and lung disease, up to 15,000 new cases of upper respiratory problems, a rise in the extremely fine particulate matter that can trigger bronchitis, and tens of thousands of missed school days because of to increased pollution.

The projection is contained in a 289-page technical document accompanying the agency's proposal to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan that was released Tuesday.

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.

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Trump, who has scheduled a rally on Tuesday in coal-producing state West Virginia, has vowed to end what he termed "the war on coal" and boost domestic fossil fuels production.

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule sets guidelines for states to develop their own plans to target carbon emissions and allows them to scrap the Clean Power Plans' more stringent national targets. "And, together, we won an historic stay from the Supreme Court of the United States - stopping the so-called 'Clean Power Plan.'" Certain death, too. "The levels of acid rain we receive and the amount of ozone pollution we experience is more determined by actions in these upwind states than in NY itself", Horwath said.

The proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule returns regulation of power-plant emissions to a legal framework following unprecedented overreach. The Clean Power Plan never went into effect because of court battles. However, the new rule does correct the previous administration's attempt to eliminate coal through regulatory fiat and allows more market-driven solutions to the nation's energy needs. When the president asked him to become acting EPA administrator, Wheeler said the goal has always been to fight for clean air and water while protecting U.S.jobs as Acting EPA Administrator. It says its Affordable Clean Energy rule "empowers states, promotes energy independence and facilitates economic growth and job creation". This move is another rollback of the Obama administration's major environmental initiatives and could prevent future administrations from reimplementing the rule, CNN reports.

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The federal government isn't permitted by the Clean Air Act to trigger sweeping changes to the energy grid in the name of climate change, the administration says. We're cancelling Obama's illegal, anti-coal-destroying regulations. "It also said the EPA can't just regulate greenhouse gases just with policy judgments that have nothing to do with the facts and nothing to do with the science".

Bill Wehrum, administrator for EPA's office of Air and Radiation, acknowledged that the industry "continues to transform in front of our eyes", he told reporters.

But, by law, the EPA is required to try to cut climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions.

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