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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:43 PM

EPA guts rule credited with cleaning up coal-plant toxic air

Source: AP

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday gutted an Obama-era rule that compelled the country’s coal plants to cut back emissions of mercury and other human health hazards, a move designed to limit future regulation of air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said the rollback was reversing what he depicted as regulatory overreach by the Obama administration. “We have put in place an honest accounting method that balances” the cost to utilities with public safety, he said.

Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist whose previous clients have gotten many of the regulatory rollbacks they sought from the Trump administration.

Environmental and public health groups and Democratic lawmakers faulted the administration for pressing forward with a series of rollbacks easing pollution rules for industry — in the final six months of President Donald Trump’s current term — while the coronavirus pandemic rivets the world’s attention.



FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2018, file photo, a coal-fired plant in Winfield, W.Va, is seen from an apartment complex in the town of Poca across the Kanawha River. The Trump administration is gutting an Obama-era rule that compelled coal plants to cut back emissions of mercury and other human health hazards, limiting future regulation of air pollutants by petroleum and coal plants. (AP Photo/John Raby, File)


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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:48 PM

1. President Biden can and will reverse this monstrous change on Day 1. The companies involved which...

lobbied the Orangeanus to make this change will rue the day under our new President. To even the score, Biden should eliminate the use of coal, seize the mines and jail the owners while awating trial.

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Response to machoneman (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:59 PM

2. Don't kill the companies -- let the invisible hand of the free market do it.

I agree about reversing the EPA decision, but the free market is going to kill the coal using energy plants and the coal mines -- much sooner than later.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 08:29 PM

3. Those repukes never let a disaster go without getting what they wanted all along

But I sense a karmic payback in the future.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 08:33 PM

4. The trump administration is busy undoing every last anti-pollution regulation

they can get their filthy evil hands on.

I hope the Biden people are keeping a tally so they can work on repairing all the damage after anus-mouth is gone.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 08:58 PM

5. where to start will be the question. so so much damage by Trump.

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Response to riversedge (Reply #5)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:37 PM

7. It's going to take years - if not generations - to undo all the damage that's been & being done.

Not just the environmental stuff, but the whole structure of the government.

So much destruction.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:33 PM

6. Never MInd

Covid has taken over the EPA's job.

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