And if the administration is so concerned about state authority, why did it also just propose to roll back the Obama fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles and, at the same time, to take away California's long-established authority to enforce vehicle efficiency standards more stringent than the federal ones? It says its Affordable Clean Energy rule "empowers states, promotes energy independence and facilitates economic growth and job creation". I want crystal clean water and we've got it.
"As far as we can tell, we're already well positioned to meet whatever requirements come out as far as the final changes of this rule", Brooks said. "But I'm getting rid of some of these ridiculous rules and regulations, which are killing our companies ... and our jobs".
Those numbers are not addressed in the EPA's new report.
The new rule takes a much narrower approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
"A coal plant that operates more efficiently may be called upon to run more hours, increasing the total amount of Carbon dioxide emitted overall", Lissa Lynch, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. First, it scraps the CPP's attempt to regulate emissions "beyond the fence line" - effectively statewide emissions - and focuses on GHG emissions from power plants themselves.
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There were no immediate reports of injuries, but at least 14 roads had been closed due to flash floods and landslides, she said. Parts of Maui County also seeing rain as bands of rain extended 350 miles (566 kilometers) from the hurricane's center.
An analysis by the EPA last year showed the clean power plan would prevent about 4,500 premature deaths a year by 2030.
The White House claimed it would also save $6.4 billion in compliance costs for industry, compared to the Obama plan. Harvard University researchers estimated that the repeal of Obama's Clean Power Plan could lead to 36,000 deaths over a decade, as a result of poor air quality. Gov. Jim Justice said the rule was "a big win for West Virginia".
In a press conference on Tuesday, EPA officials said every plan will be approved by the EPA, but that there's "no lower limit" that states have to set their emissions standards above.
"An important part of what we're doing here is getting us back into our lane", Wehrum said. The U.S. Supreme Court put those regulations on hold in response to the legal challenge. "Given the magnitude of the problem with climate change and the magnitude of the solution that we need, it's really concerning that we are looking to the states as opposed to having federal leadership, which is really what we need". After all, she says that the market largely drove coal's decline, not environmental laws.
All of the EPA's models project that the new rule will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to current levels.
Nebraska, whose power generation relies heavily on fossil fuels, was among the states that filed a lawsuit challenging the Clean Power Plan. The decrease in the price of natural gas and the expansion of renewable wind energy has shifted how much the state relies on coal power.