EPA's Repeal of Obama's Clean Power Plan Won't Happen Overnight

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A USA environmental organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, tweeted that the Clean Power Plan is the most important step the USA has ever taken to curb risky impacts from climate change and that if the plan is repealed, it will take the EPA to court.

"This is great news for our state and the coal industry", said Gov. Jim Justice. "No better place to make that announcement in than Hazard, Kentucky".

"We could have a whole new economy of new job, new technology, cleaner and cheaper", he said. The rule specified targets for states based on power-plant emissions and gave officials broad latitude to decide how to reduce them.

"The damage caused by Trump's willful ignorance will now have myriads of human faces because he's proposing to throw out a plan that would prevent thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of childhood asthma attacks every year", Brune said.

According to CNN, when Scott Pruitt was asked on Fox News earlier this year about the health consequences of repealing the Clean Power Plan, he focused his answer on the cost of lost jobs, calling the Plan a "bureaucratic overreach".

This week's expected announcement is just the latest in a long list of actions the Trump administration has taken to undercut USA efforts to reduce carbon emissions and help stem global warming, including announcing it would formally withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

"Under the interpretation proposed in this notice, the CPP exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and would be repealed", the proposal reads.

It said that the Obama administration misused section 111 of the federal Clean Air Act to regulate carbon emissions from power plants.

The agency said it is "committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate", and that "any replacement rule will be done carefully, properly, and with humility, by listening to all those affected by the rule". Twenty-seven states joined the challenge, which is still pending.

The regulation aims to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

"It's a wholesale retreat from EPA's legal, scientific and moral obligation to address the threats of climate change", McCarthy said. Now only five power plants in Arkansas are coal-burning plants, which would have received substantial reductions under the Clean Power Plan. And even that action won't decide the issue, as environmental activists and state leaders, including New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, have already vowed to challenge the rollback. And the EPA hasn't formally adopted it with this proposal; instead, it's seeking public comment on its plan to adopt this position. The initiative establishes a regional cap on the amount of carbon dioxide pollution that power plants can emit by issuing a limited number of tradable carbon allowances.

President Donald Trump's Environmental Protection Agency is expected to officially propose a withdrawal from the Clean Power Plan on Tuesday. "This won't revive coal or stop the U.S. from reaching our Paris goal".

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