Trump Administration Proposes “Affordable Clean Energy Rule” That Loosens Power Plant Pollution Standards And Allows Coal Power Plants To Run Longer
“The Trump administration on Tuesday [August 21, 2018] proposed relaxing pollution standards for power plants nationwide” as a replacement for the “Clean Power Plan”, an Obama Administration policy that aimed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants across the United States by 32% from 2005-2030 and that set “carbon dioxide limits for each state and encouraged the shuttering of coal plants.”
The plan “increases the authority given to states to decide how and how much to regulate existing coal power plants” allowing states to relax standards for power plant pollution.
The proposed Trump Administration plan would ultimately “coal-fired plants to run longer if they became more efficient, which could increase the total amount of soot and smog-forming pollutants they emit. The EPA projects that the rule could lead to 470 to 1,400 premature deaths each year compared with the Obama-era rule.”