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The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The Trump plan will be the subject of a 60-day public comment period, after it appears in the Federal Register.

"The Clean Power Plan looked at displacing coal with renewables and natural gas and to issues outside the actual power sources", said Michelle Bloodworth, president of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, an industry group.

EPA's proposal would grant states the ability to write their own weaker regulations for the plants and give them the ability to seek permission to opt out of regulations on power plant emissions.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump is visiting West Virginia - one of the states hit hardest by the decline of coal - in a rally supporting Republican Senate candidate Patrick Morrisey.

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"This proposed replacement of the Clean Power Plan will make our efforts to reduce carbon pollution more hard, and will remove a strong incentive for state and federal governments to work together to clean up our air". In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the favour of industry and 27 states who argued that the Obama-era rule would harm them economically. That means carbon monoxide reduction rules first set by California in 2006 and by a compact of nine Northeastern states in 2009 likely can remain in place.

"The Obama administration and their plan were really engaged in social engineering and that is not the role of the US E.P.A.", said Andrew Wheeler, Acting Administrator of the EPA.

The new plan, an advance copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, recommends a menu of upgrades created to let coal-fired plants produce energy with less fuel and seeks to eliminate triggers that mandate costly technological overhauls at coal plants. "This new proposal from the Trump administration returns power to the states where it belongs".

"They are continuing to play to their base and following industry's lead", she said.

States would have three years to submit a plan to reduce emissions. Indiana Coal Council President Bruce Stevens says the move reverses "unprecedented overreach" of previous regulations and will give states more flexibility.

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"We are getting us back in our lane", said Bill Wehrum, the EPA's clean air chief. In a release, the EPA says the Affordable Clean Energy Rule "empowers states, promotes energy independence, and facilitates economic growth and job creation".

From 2000 to 2014, the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants in Kansas decreased from 1,824 pounds per megawatt hour generated to 1,407 pounds.

"Businesses need certainty to operate, so every time the administration changes the rules in the middle of the game, it's bad for business". The organisation's clean energy director Dylan Voorhees said it would be particularly bad for people living in ME because the state gets pollution from upwind power plants.

Paul Billings, senior vice president of public policy for the American Lung Association, said in an interview that it's not clear how the EPA arrived at the new, lower numbers.

Health officials say the change is a unsafe move.

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President Trump rolled back Obama's fuel efficiency rules earlier this month.


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