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Trump EPA Proposes Rolling Back Another Obama-Era Coal Rule

December 06, 2018 - 2:57 pm

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER ,  Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to roll back another coal regulation — this one for new coal plants.

The agency's acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, says he plans to ease an Obama-era rule that would have required cutting-edge carbon capture techniques for new coal plants.

The 2015 rule is the latest Obama-era effort against climate-changing fossil fuel emissions to be targeted by the Trump administration.

Wheeler says the rollback will remove what he calls "excessive burdens" on the energy industry.

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Environmentalists and scientists say that and other rollbacks run counter to efforts to slow climate change.

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