Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Possible changes for emission standards for coal fueled power plants

Possible changes for emission standards for coal fueled power plants

The plan will impact more than 300 coal-fired power plants across the US, and the plan will provide incentives to keep the plants operating, the EPA said. I want crystal clean water and we've got it.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, asked in an interview whether his state would sue to block the plan, said "we're moving in that direction" but would see the administrative process through. "But I'm getting rid of some of these ridiculous rules and regulations, which are killing our companies ... and our jobs".

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule was announced by the EPA on Monday as a replacement to the Obama administration's 2015 Clean Power Plan. Under every scenario the EPA ran, it found the proposed ACE rule would cost Americans at least $1.4 billion a year more than it saved, when compared with simply leaving the Clean Power Plan alone.

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.

President Trump has made good on a campaign promise to help the coal industry. The EPA, for example, estimates that the Clean Air Act will bring $2 trillion in economic benefit by 2020, much the result of people taking fewer sick days and racking up fewer medical expenses. In addition, the plan was created to bring big gains in energy efficiency, and introduce the economic, environmental, health and job benefits of having a vibrant, energy-efficient economy based more on renewable energy.

The rollback of the Clean Power Plan is part of a broader repeal of federal regulations by the Trump administration laid out in a March Executive Order, which directed agencies to "immediately review existing regulations that potentially burden the development or use of domestically produced energy resources and appropriately suspend, revise, or rescind" them. While that environmental action did not move forward, the liberal leaning-Center for American Progress says this new direction is irresponsible.

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Bob Herbert of Dover said he worries the Trump Administration's proposal could worsen air quality in Delaware.

Earlier, EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler told reporters in a call: "The era of top-down, one-size-fits-all federal mandates is over". We're cancelling Obama's illegal, anti-coal-destroying regulations.

Obama's plan hoped to cut US carbon emissions by a third by 2030.

The Environmental Protection Agency openly admits in its proposal for new emission guidelines that the plan could lead to up 1,400 more premature deaths a year. However, Rauch argued that it would do nothing to stop climate change.

The president trumpeted the plan at a rally late Tuesday in the coal-producing state of West Virginia. "The so-called Clean Power Plan", he said.

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. Cheap natural gas has been largely responsible for shuttering hundreds of coal plants in the U.S. The falling price of renewables has only further loosened coal's grip on the power sector.

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