Maura Healey to sue to protect power plant emissions rule

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States then develop and implement plans that ensure that the power plants in their state - either individually, together or in combination with other measures - achieve the interim Carbon dioxide emissions performance rates over the period of 2022 to 2029 and the final Carbon dioxide emission performance rates, rate-based goals or mass-based goals by 2030.

At an event on Monday in Hazard, Kentucky, Scott Pruitt proclaimed that "the war against coal is over". "If Trump and the Republicans roll back critical safeguards like the Clean Air and Water Act, Andrew will act to make sure that Florida implements its own safeguards, so that corporate polluters are not allowed to spew unlimited amounts of mercury, lead, sulfur dioxide or other pollutants into our air and water", he said.

And then, Doniger said, "we will take Pruitt and his Dirty Power Plan to court".

Trump, who made repealing regulations a centerpiece of his campaign, issued an executive order in March to block the Clean Power Plan.

Its creators had estimated that the Plan could prevent 2,700 to 6,600 premature deaths and 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children per year.

The formal rollback of that initiative, the Clean Power Plan, also will prolong uncertainty over the makeup of the US energy mix and how much utilities must do to cut emissions generated by burning fossil fuels. Energy production and steel production are the chief uses for Colorado coal, and as demand has fallen, so have coal-mining jobs in the state.

For the timeline, states had until 2016 to submit initial plans with the possibility of an extension until 2018. She says the decision is a disaster for our children's health.

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The Supreme Court put the plan on hold past year following legal challenges by industry and coal-friendly states.

The Trump administration argues the Obama policy intruded on "cooperative federalism". "Repealing the CPP will spur new investment and create new jobs in energy-intensive manufacturing and resource industries". Ray Scott of Grand Junction, who heads up a special Senate committee tasked with studying energy issues.

The Clean Air Act - under section 111 (d) - creates a partnership between EPA, states, tribes and US territories - with EPA setting a goal and states and tribes choosing how they will meet it.

Colorado has a plan in place to get 30 percent of its energy supply from renewable energy by 2020.

On Thursday, Trump nominated former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to serve as Pruitt's top deputy at EPA — one of several recent political appointees at the agency with direct ties to the fossil fuel interests. The energy focus should be on resiliency, stability and fuel diversity, Priutt said, without mentioning the effect on the environment as a factor.

Environmental groups and public health advocates quickly derided Pruitt's decision as short-sighted. He also cited wildfires across the West this summer and extreme weather as examples of the results of ignoring climate change. "This rollback undermines our ability to combat climate change, which is making natural disasters and extreme weather more deadly and destructive".

"We acknowledge the detrimental impact that climate change already has, and will continue to have on our communities and our planet".

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