Attempt to change regulations for coal plants finds support and bewilderment in Wyoming
The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants, to the ire of those in Wyoming who supported reducing emissions and the relief of state coal operators looking to a new president to undo the legacy of his predecessor.
The agency said in a court filing that it wants to review the restrictions, which are already in effect.
Nationally, most utilities are on pace to comply with the new standards, leaving some in Wyoming flummoxed by the new direction.
“The most important thing for people to understand is that these standards are already in place in the real world,” said Chris Merrill, director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council.
The Gillette-based firm operates the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in Campbell County.
But “the costs of the regulation are great, and the benefits are limited,” he said.
“The fact that the rule is still being challenged in court shows the need to address the concerns that have been raised, and I appreciate the EPA and the Trump Administration for reviewing the rule.” Rep. Liz Cheney said the president and Congress should do everything in their power to undo unnecessary regulations.
Tuesday’s request from the EPA is the latest in a string of moves by President Donald Trump’s appointees to help companies that profit from burning of fossil fuels.
The agency also sought to roll back tighter restrictions on pollution from coal mines.
Trump and Congress have an opportunity now to meet environmental challenges while supporting the coal industry, said Curtsinger, the coal company spokesman.