EPA chief announces withdraw from Clean Power Plan

10/09/2017 02:14 PM

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt traveled to Hazard, Kentucky on Monday to announce his plans to end an Obama-era regulation long denounced in the commonwealth by elected officials.

Pruitt, flanked by state Sen. Brandon Smith and U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would sign a regulation on Tuesday effectively ending the Obama-era Clean Power Plan.

“It’s good for eastern Kentucky to hear that right? No better place to make that announcement than Hazard, Kentucky,” Pruitt said at the event.

“That rule was really about picking winners and losers,” he continued.

The proposal rolled out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called on states to reduce emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030. Kentucky filed a lawsuit against the plan in 2015.

Kentucky officials asked the EPA as the rule was being developed to contemplate the economic impact that reducing carbon emissions could have on state’s which rely heavily on coal.

Last year, the US Supreme Court blocked the rule from taking effect as a number of lawsuits were being litigated against the EPA’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

A study released in 2015 showed that if the plan was implemented as proposed, it could prevent 3,500 premature deaths a year.


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