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Scott Pruitt touts anti-environment agenda from a coal mine

Scott Pruitt touts anti-environment agenda from a coal mine

Also on April 7, the EPA said it was shutting down its office that helps states and local governments adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as extreme weather and sea level rise-at a time when both are increasing. "We're ready for a new chapter in mining", Brock said.

But Pruitt's visit to a mine as the EPA's leader also generated outrage for area environmental groups.

The Republican-controlled Congress was on spring break, but that hardly deterred President Trump and Scott Pruitt, his Environmental Protection Agency administrator, from pressing full speed ahead with their assault on public health and the environment.

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.

This morning, Pruitt made matters worse, calling for a US withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, shortly after he halted an Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants.

Other major regulations that could receive comments from the industry include the Clean Power Plan, which President Trump seeks to de-fund in his 2018 budget proposal, and the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which Trump has ordered the EPA to review.

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Several of the nation's largest coal companies were forced to seek bankruptcy protection in the past year as electric utilities switch to cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas made more plentiful through a drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

"It's easy to be optimistic now", Brock said following Pruitt's speech. "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.

"I just don't see why we would cede the clean energy space to other economies, who are going to make a ton of money and create a ton of jobs while we sort of re-arrange the parade".

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.

By requesting public comment, the new team leading the EPA could score more ammunition in supporting its agenda to overturn regulations implemented over the previous decade. No mention of our country's clean energy sector, which is busier than ever producing jobs: three million and counting, according to new government data. Under Trump's budget, climate change research would be obliterated, funding for the cleanup of hazardous sites would be slashed by 45 percent and a projected 3,200 jobs would be eliminated.

Administrator Scott Pruitt sent a letter to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution rule.

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