Bevin defends Trump Administration's roll back of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Trump administration's rewrite of Clean Power Plan will be a boon to the coal industry

Trump has been clear that he wants to save the coal industry, and replacing the Clean Power Plan with the Affordable Clean Energy rule is seen as a key effort to make it easier to burn the fossil fuel.

The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled new rules to replace Obama-era regulations on coal-fired power plants, in a move that critics said deals a blow to health and the environment.

The EPA previously estimated the Clean Power Plan would have helped avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 child asthma attacks, and 300,000 missed school and work days a year by 2030.

Wehrum said that because of the shifting energy landscape, he expected emissions to fall at a rate "roughly comparable" to the goals outlined under the Obama-era plan, which called for a 26 percent cut in greenhouse gases from power plants by 2025, compared to 2005 levels. North Dakota has seven coal-fired power plants, he said, and the state ranked ninth in coal production in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

"The ACE Rule would restore the rule of law and empower states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide modern, reliable, and affordable energy for all Americans", said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a departmental statement.

States would have three years from the time the rule takes effect to develop thier plans - a much longer time frame than the nine months the Clean Power Plan allowed for states to implement regulations.

The proposed ACE rule will now undergo a public comment period before being finalized.

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Wayde Schafer, conservation organizer for the Dacotah Chapter of the Sierra Club, said the Trump administration's plan won't reduce carbon dioxide emissions sufficiently to address climate change. But a close reading of the administration's own analysis suggests that the acronym more accurately stands for Asthma, Climate Change, and Emphysema.

Bill Wehrum, administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, acknowledged that the industry "continues to transform in front of our eyes".

The Clean Power Plan "was a major impediment for our industry forward in terms of what our markets look like", National Mining Association president and CEO Hal Quinn told the Wall Street Journal. "We've got the cleanest country in the planet right now", Trump said. However, Rauch argued that it would do nothing to stop climate change.

"A coal plant that operates more efficiently may be called upon to run more hours, increasing the total amount of Carbon dioxide emitted overall", Lissa Lynch, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement.

In many states, the CPP's limits on emissions have already been met because the cost of generating power from natural gas and renewable energy like wind and solar is cheaper than coal. Washingtonians deserve clean air to breathe. But he said state regulators could have more flexibility to extend the life of coal plants, if the company makes such a request. The Trump Administration has criticized the CPP as "overly prescriptive and burdensome" and has, at times, discussed an outright repeal of the rule.

States would identify standards of performance for the existing power plants and set specific allowable emission rates expressed on a pound Carbon dioxide per MWH-gross rate for affected emission units based on the application of these technologies.

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