EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants

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After all, the administration, through its EPA task force, says it wants "input" from NGOs, tribal governments, consumers, small businesses and local governments.

"The future looks bright from where we're standing", he said.

Environmentalists were, obviously, outraged by Pruitt's decision.

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who wants to ensure the USA doesn't invest a single dollar in protecting humanity from climate change, nonetheless wants to use the agency's limited funds to protect himself from other humans.

"The safety of these manufacturing, processing and storage facilities should be a priority for us all, but safety encompasses more than preventing accidental releases of chemicals, it also encompasses preventing intentional releases caused by bad actors seeking to harm our citizens", Pruitt said in the letter.

A recurring theme during the meeting was the Obama administration's environmental regulations to combat climate change that the coal industry claimed stifled production and job growth.

Pruitt's visit to coal country comes a little over two weeks after President Donald Trump, surround by coal miners, signed an executive order instructing the EPA to review Obama's Clean Power Plan, a policy limiting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. "I've noticed a huge difference in the workforce and just the morale of everybody", Chris Randolph said.

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"We still need that (coal) base for supplying power", he said. The report said that an agency library in Las Vegas bought 37 agency employees one year memberships at a cost of $399.99 each. Consol Energy also made a splash earlier this decade when it chose to transform itself into primarily a natural gas production company after a storied history as a major coal producer.

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt has requested around-the-clock personal protection, which would be a first for an EPA chief and could require hiring 10 additional full-time employees.

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.

As Pruitt was descending into the mine, the Center for Coalfield Justice held a press conference at its Washington office to push back on the Trump administration's agenda. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience.

Matesic, however, said the only way to have healthy economies is to diversify ― meaning Trump and Pruitt are giving the coal industry, and communities like her own, false hope.

And yesterday, Scott Pruitt traveled to western Pennsylvania to describe his regressive vision for the EPA at a coal mine.

Still miners said the Trump administration has brought them new hope.

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