The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed a reduction of restrictions on coal-fired power plants, even as it acknowledged the move could spur more deaths and serious illness.
The plan, which would roll back Obama-era coal regulations, calls for an increase in states’ authority to regulate coal power plants.
In unveiling the plan, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected the idea that it was obligated to fight climate change through regulation of power grids. The agency said the move would drive energy independence and job creation.
In Missouri, where 81 percent of electricity was generated by coal last year and two of the nations’ largest coal companies — Peabody Energy and Arch Coal — are based, the proposal could carry particular weight.
The rollout of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan has been held up by the courts since 2016. Missouri was among the states that sued to block the measure.
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