EPA acts to roll back con­trol on coal

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

WASH­ING­TON >> The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency acted again to ease rules on the sag­ging U.S. coal in­dus­try, this time scal­ing back what would have been a tough con­trol on cli­mate-chang­ing emis­sions from any new coal plants.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion tar­get­ing of le­gacy Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion ef­forts to slow cli­mate change comes in the wake of mul­ti­ply­ing warn­ings from the agency’s sci­en­tists and oth­ers about the ac­cel­er­at­ing pace of global warm­ing.

In a cer­e­mony at the agency, act­ing EPA ad­min­is­tra­tor An­drew Wheeler signed a pro­posal to dis­man­tle a 2015 rule that any new coal power plants in­clude cut­ting-edge tech­niques to cap­ture the car­bon diox­ide from their smoke­stacks.

Wheeler called the Obama rules “ex­ces­sive bur­dens” for the coal in­dus­try.

“This ad­min­is­tra­tion cares about ac­tion and re­sults, not talks and wish­ful think­ing,” Wheeler said.

Asked about the harm that coal plant emis­sion do peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment, Wheeler re­sponded, “Hav­ing cheap elec­tric­ity helps hu­man health.”

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