Health Groups Say EPA's Air Pollution Plan Will Cost Lives

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The EPA will take public comments on the ACE rule for 60 days from when it's officially posted and hold a public hearing. Hal Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, said the rule change was "at the top" of the coal industry's list of policy priorities, because utility executives had been shuttering coal plants at a fast pace when faced with the prospect of curbing emissions of not just carbon dioxide, but mercury, soot and smog-forming pollutants.

The CPP, which Obama's EPA finalized in 2015, sought to reduce emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The president is due to trumpet the new plan as he rallies supporters Tuesday night in the coal-producing state of West Virginia.

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. That means carbon monoxide reduction rules first set by California in 2006 and by a compact of nine Northeastern states in 2009 likely can remain in place.

"It's possible that the market has moved so far that this plan isn't going to substantially slow down progress, but it's clearly not going to inspire anything", Thornton said. Because more efficient coal plants would make that energy source more competitive compared to less carbon-intensive alternatives, some analysts argue that the measure could lead to increased carbon emissions. "So, this proposal represents the Trump administration literally turning its back on reality".

Avella said the industry has already cut emissions.

Senator Mitch McConnell says Obama's Clean Power Plan doesn't do much in giving people cleaner air.

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She welcomed the start of discussions among the EU, Ukraine, and Russian Federation on the issue. Germany imported 53 billion cubic meters of Russian gas past year .

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 289-page report yesterday detailing the impact of President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.

Now, the new rule gives states more authority to decide on emissions standards with the help of federal guidelines and relaxes CPP standards, according to a written statement from the EPA. "Climate change is real", McCarthy said. It says the new plan would act legally and provide more flexibility to the states.

"Businesses need certainty to operate, so every time the administration changes the rules in the middle of the game, it's bad for business".

Bill Wehrum, head of the EPA's air office, said the administration rejects any suggestion that the agency has a broad legal duty to combat climate change through regulation of power grids or promotion of cleaner energy.

Duke does "appreciate EPA's efforts to propose a regulation that fits within the agency's statutory authority while recognizing the important role our states play in generation planning", but it's committed to reducing 2030 Carbon dioxide emissions by 40% from 2005 levels.

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

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