President Donald Trump's administration announced a plan on Tuesday, August 21, to weaken regulations on U.S. coal plants, giving a boost to an industry that former leader Barack Obama had hoped to phase out to cut harmful emissions that drive global warming.
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. In a tweet Tuesday morning, Trump wrote that he had "done so much for West Virginia" and added at the end, "CLEAN COAL!".
Wehrum said that because of the shifting energy landscape, he expected emissions to fall at a rate "roughly comparable" to the goals outlined under the Obama-era plan, which called for a 26 percent cut in greenhouse gases from power plants by 2025, compared to 2005 levels.
The Obama administration's Clean Power Plan has been put on hold since 2016 after pro-coal states and industry challenged it in the courts. However, according to NBC News, unlike the new fuel efficiency rules, ACE does not appear to take regulatory authority from states which have stricter coal standards. In a release, the EPA says the Affordable Clean Energy Rule "empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation".
The Affordable Clean Energy rule is created to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.
Molly Rauch, public health policy director for the group Moms Clean Air Force, said the agency's own analysis shows carbon pollution will increase, leading to 120,000 more cases of worsened asthma and 1,400 more premature deaths each year.
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EPA officials said they could give no firm projections for the health effects of the administration's replacement plan because that will depend on what states decide to do in regulating power plants within their borders.
"States will have a lot more time to submit their plans".
"An important part of what we're doing here is getting us back into our lane", Wehrum said.
Jason Bohrer, president and CEO of the Lignite Energy Council, praised the rule and predicted it would accomplish "the goals that both the Obama administration set and those folks who are concerned about climate change want to achieve". The Obama administration's environmental policy, which prioritized renewables over coal, also hurt the industry. "We feel like the EPA proposal now is based on a correct reading of the Clean Air Act".
States would have three years to submit a plan to reduce emissions. They're often more expensive than natural gas, solar, or wind energy. 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. "Acting EPA Administrator [Andrew] Wheeler addressed this in saying there are already rules and regulations in place, that when properly enforced, give them the tools they need to make sure ultimately our environment is being protected", said Avella. In 2016, the U.S. supreme court paused the plan ahead of legal arguments. The Trump Administration has criticized the CPP as "overly prescriptive and burdensome" and has, at times, discussed an outright repeal of the rule.