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EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

Administrator Pruitt spoke with coal miners about the President's recent Energy Independence Executive Order, which directs EPA and other federal agencies to review the Clean Power Plan and revise regulatory barriers that impede energy independence, including unnecessary burdens on coal miners and coal-fired electric utilities.

Pruitt blamed the Obama administration for "abusing the regulatory process to advance an ideological agenda".

In his speech to Pennsylvania miners, Administrator Pruitt explained that EPA's Back-to-Basics agenda means returning EPA to its core mission and focusing on greater value and results.

According to EPA, different petitioners have raised objections to the amendments. "We see it as a modest improvement over the current regulations and we see it as a way to protect workers, first responders and low income communities and communities of color, which are often living right next to these chemical plants".

The Trump administration requested the delay last week as the EPA mulls whether it wants to repeal the rule outright or adopt a different tactic on the issue, The Hill reported on Wednesday.

In March though, a group of fossil fuel groups including the American Chemistry Council, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufactures and American Petroleum institute sued the EPA to petition a review of the final rule, arguing in the suit it is "unlawful, arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and not otherwise in accordance with law".

"That will continue regardless of what's going on in a rulemaking", Berge told Bloomberg BNA.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt holds up a hardhat he was given during a visit to Consol Energy's Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Launched the EPA Regulatory Reform Task Force to undergo extensive reviews of the misaligned regulatory actions. Regions that don't meet the standards are subject to strict permitting requirements on new industrial development.

Federal marshals are protecting DeVos at a cost to her agency of almost $8 million over eight months, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

The most violent episodes involving members of the cabinet occurred when former vice president Aaron Burr killed former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804, and when Abraham Lincoln's secretary of state, William Seward, was attacked in his home on the same night Lincoln was killed in 1865.

Additionally, the group asked the EPA to consider a 90-day freeze on implementing the rule. The Clean Air Act includes language in Section 107 that could offer the EPA an opportunity to extend the designations deadline by one year, until October 2018.

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... But yesterday, the EPA stated, in a press release, that the rule was a costly implementation for the coal industry at $480 million a year. "Almost 140 million live in areas non-compliant with respect to air quality". The development of state plans to address their obligations on interstate transport can take more than a year, so states would need more information from the EPA by summer 2017 if they hoped to meet the October 1 deadline for submitting a plan, according to Woods.

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