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Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules

23 August 2018

Still, the ACE rule will help coal miners, coal companies, people who work for companies that supply the industry, and states like West Virginia that count on energy for tax revenue.

Around 600 coal-fired units at 300 facilities could be covered by the proposed rule.

The EPA said price of electricity is expected to drop by a half a percent at the most by 2025 under the new rule.

Defining the "best system of emissions reduction" for existing power plants as on-site, heat-rate efficiency improvements.

Michelle Bloodworth, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, a trade group that represents coal producers, called the new rule a marked departure from the "gross overreach" of the Obama administration and said it should prevent a host of premature coal-plant retirements. "Today's proposal provides the states and regulated community the certainty they need to continue environmental progress while fulfilling President Trump's goal of energy dominance". There's a 60-day public comment period before it can be adopted. That will hasten climate change along with their copious carbon pollution and endanger public health with soot and particulate matter emissions. Critics say the new plan would allow utilities to run older, dirtier power plants more often and extend the plants' overall operating life, undercutting potential environmental benefits.

"To prop up failing coal-fired power plants, the proposal sets paltry pollution limits based on minimal "tune-ups" at those power plants and then authorizes states to weaken the standards even further - or even eliminate them altogether", Lissa Lynch, Staff Attorney for the NRDC, writes.

The Trump administration's proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule is drawing mixed reactions from IN stakeholders.

The Affordable Clean Energy Rule was announced by President Trump during a visit to West Virginia, a major coal state.

Washington has joined with other states to mount court challenges to six other proposed changes by the EPA, over topics including new rules for methane, ozone and pesticides, Sherman said.

While Obama's plan was stayed by the US Supreme Court and never became effective, Trump's ACE rule is considered by environmental groups like the Sierra Club to be "an unlawfully weak carbon pollution policy" that would "do next to nothing to fight the climate crisis".

A worker in the coal industry handles coal at a coal prep plant on May 19, 2017 outside the city of Welch, West Virginia.

The CPP, which Obama's EPA finalized in 2015, sought to reduce emissions from power plants to 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. We're going to have more deaths. He urged the state of Maryland to come up with a concrete plan to transition away from coal-fired power plants.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) released a statement on Tuesday applauding President Donald Trump and his administration's roll back of an Obama administration climate rule. The objective of the alliance is to lead the rest of the world in ending the use of traditional coal power.

Bob Herbert of Dover said he worries the Trump Administration's proposal could worsen air quality in Delaware.

The administration's own analysis also shows that the plan would result in 1,400 more premature deaths than the Clean Power Plan.

Washington likely to sue EPA over new coal rules