Trump's EPA Budget Requests Added Protections

Trump's EPA Budget Requests Added Protections”

One of the duties of the Task Force is to evaluate EPA's existing regulations and make recommendations to Administrator Pruitt regarding which regulations should be repealed, replaced, or modified.

"The future looks bright from where we're standing", he said.

President Donald Trump's administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, met with coal miners in southwestern Pennsylvania on Thursday and assured them that the new presidential administration is an ally, adding: "The war on coal is over".

As with almost every environmental rule promulgated by the Obama administration, the ELG rule has been challenged in court by a coalition of utilities led by the Southwestern Electric Power Co. Pruitt touted President Trump's recent executive orders directing the EPA to review the Clean Power Plan and remove regulations energy advocates say have decimated the coal industry.

Pruitt said what he has witnessed across the country is that in states in where oil, natural gas and coal are produced, leaders in those states are committed to being both "pro-environment, and pro-growth".

Brock said while everyone in the coal industry has "felt a lot of pain" over the past eight years, they always believed there would still be a need for coal. "It is in the public's best interest to reconsider the rule and assess the wide-ranging and sweeping objections that the agency received", said Administrator Pruitt.

Over the span of almost a decade, the Consol Energy mine in Harvey, Pennsylvania dumped millions of pounds of pollution into local waterways, for which EPA recently assessed the company a $3 million penalty. Consol Energy also made a splash earlier this decade when it chose to transform itself into primarily a natural gas production company after a storied history as a major coal producer.

As Pruitt was descending into the mine, the Center for Coalfield Justice held a press conference at its Washington office to push back on the Trump administration's agenda.

Last year, parts of at least 22 states were identified as unlikely to meet the standards, according to a 2015 Bloomberg BNA survey of state environmental agencies. When cuts do finally come down later this spring after a a thorough congressional review, we can expect that climate to worsen, though hopefully not to the point of all-out mutiny. "After years of peer-reviewed studies, extensive input from medical experts and scientists, and thorough review of public comments, the EPA made the right call in finalizing strong clean water protections against coal plants dumping toxic heavy metals into our waterways", said Mary Anne Hitt, who heads the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.

"They didn't listen to their concerns", she said of the previous administration.

Pruitt said his own biggest objection with the accord is that "America was put last".

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