EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

  • EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

The company blamed the "destruction of the coal industry" by the Obama administration for its inability to provide the benefits to the retirees.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt holds up a hardhat he was given during a visit to Consol Energy's Harvey Mine in Sycamore, Pa., Thursday, April 13, 2017. "I would be more sympathetic if they had ever expressed any concern for the people whose jobs have been destroyed by EPA's regulatory rampage", said Ebell.

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. "Some of our nation's largest job producers have objected to this rule, saying the requirements set by the Obama administration are not economically or technologically feasible within the prescribed time frame". But the sword cuts both ways: Environmental groups - as well as clean-energy and technology companies, along with attorneys and policy experts committed to their cause - could just as well relentlessly submit their comments and feedback over the next month.

Researchers say that if implemented, these cuts will have long-term and costly health impacts on children.

"Trump's attempt to halt these clean water protections for mercury, lead and arsenic from coal power plants is risky and irresponsible", the Sierra Club's Mary Anne Hitt said in a statement. Presently, coal plant wastewater has contaminated more than 23,000 miles of waterways, including almost 400 water bodies used as drinking water sources.

The public has 30 days to comment. Despite all this, Trump's EPA Administrator is trying to throw it all away to placate polluters who could care less about the health of our communities.

The EPA's decision to review the rule and stay the compliance deadlines, however, is likely in response to a March 24 petition from the Utility Water Act Group calling on the agency to reconsider the rule. The executive order could make it more hard for the U.S.to hit its carbon reduction benchmarks.

Pruitt appears to agree. As E&E News noted, the EPA is required by law to have 200 federal law enforcement agents to investigate and enforce environmental crimes.

"The war on coal is done", according to Pruitt. Since assuming office, he has issued executive orders rolling back Obama-era federal regulations on planet-warming carbon emissions, lifted water pollution protections and ended a freeze imposed on leases of public lands for coal mining.

"The regulatory assault is over", he said.