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.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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