Published: Fri, August 24, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year

Trump's easing of coal rules could kill 1,400 people per year

The proposal released by the Environmental Protection Agency is now open for a public comment period.

The EPA estimates the new plan will save $400 million in compliance cost and will reduce Carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 percent by 2030.

The plan is rolling back President Barack Obama's effort to slow global warming.

The proposal lays out several possible pathways that individual states might use for regulating coal-fired power plants, and what the consequences would be for pollution and human health in each case.

Trump, who is expected to tout the plan at a rally Tuesday night in West Virginia, loves what he has called "beautiful, clean coal" and has launched a widespread effort to save the energy source from disappearing from the USA energy mix.

Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler discusses the new plans to roll back and replace Obama-era regulations on emissions from coal-fired power plants. The Trump Administration's rule is expected to face the same opposition that the Clean Power Plan faced: that rule was put on hold by the Supreme Court in February 2016, and when Trump took office he moved to do away with the plan entirely.

The new plan creates guidelines for states to regulate greenhouse gases.

"We are choking on the smoke from forest fires", Inslee said on a day when air quality levels remained poor across the state.

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It also acknowledged that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could kill hundreds more people annually and cost the country billions of dollars. The move allows states to set carbon emission standards instead of the federal government.

Avella said the industry has already cut emissions.

An American Lung Association statement called the EPA proposal "a risky substitute for the Clean Power Plan and a careless giveaway to polluters that will delay meaningful progress in the future".

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a 289-page report yesterday detailing the impact of President Trump's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The utility's legal team and administrators hope to share some impressions of the rule and what it might mean during NPPD's September board meeting, Becker said.

The Trump administration is emphasizing "coal at all costs", said Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator when the Obama plan was developed.

McCabe says the ACE proposal could also make it so some aging coal plants have so little of their useful life left that states do not have to impose emissions restrictions on those 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. The EPA called the Obama rules "overly prescriptive and burdensome". The EPA acknowledges that the proposed plan is expected to "increase emissions of carbon dioxide" and "increase the level of emissions of certain pollutants in the atmosphere that adversely affect human health", as compared to the projections for Obama's plan.

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