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Trump Administration to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan

"The war on coal is over," says EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
October 9, 2017, 10am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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The Navajo Generating Station, a coal-fired steam plant near Page, Arizona.
Andriy Blokhin

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis report that The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will publish a new power plant rule this week that will effectively end the Obama Administration's Clean Power Rule.

The Obama plan required states to reduce emissions from power plants. The intended target of the Clean Power Rule was to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels by 2030.

The Trump Administration's new rule is laid out by a 43-page document, as reported in a separate article by Eilperin and Dennis last week. "In a copy of the proposed repeal, first reported by Bloomberg News, the EPA does not offer an alternative plan for regulating emissions of carbon dioxide, which the Supreme Court has ruled that the agency is obligated to do," write Eilperin and Dennis.

Adam Beam is also reporting the breaking news for the Associated Press. According to beam, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told an audience in Kentucky this morning that he would rewrite the rule and that "The war on coal is over."

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