Rural Blog: EPA chief says war on coal is over as he announces plan to repeal Clean Power plan

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“Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told coal miners in Kentucky that he will propose repealing a rule limiting greenhouse-gas emissions from existing power plants,” The Washington Post reports.

“Speaking at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, Pruitt said his agency will publish the new rule Tuesday.”

The move was expected, given President Trump’s campaign promises to get rid of the Clean Power Act approved during the Obama administration.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

Pruitt told the miners at Hazard, Ky., “The war on coal is over.”

According to CBS News, Pruitt told the miners, “When you think about what that rule meant, that rule really was about picking winners and losers. Regulatory power should not be used by any regulatory body to pick winners and losers.”

Pruitt, a native of Central Kentucky, spoke at the Hazard office of Whayne Supply Co., a major supplier of equipment for the mining industry in Kentucky.

WYMT-TV in Hazard has video avaiulable at www.wymt.com.

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