ACC Statement on Impending Withdrawal of EPA’s Power Plan
WASHINGTON, DC, October 9, 2017– The American Coal Council welcomes the announcement by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that he plans to sign a proposed rule on Tuesday “to withdraw the so-called Clean Power Plan” previously issued under the Obama administration. Pruitt made the announcement today while visiting coal country in Hazard, Kentucky. He also once again took the opportunity to declare an end to the war on coal.
“The Clean Power Plan was an ill-conceived regulation, unprecedented in scope and reach. It attempted to thrust EPA into the role of energy regulator. It would have dramatically transformed how electricity is produced and distributed in the U.S. Economic harm impacting far more than the coal sector would have been the result, including double-digit electricity cost increases for families and businesses.” ACC CEO Betsy Monseu said. “In response to the ensuing legal challenges by more than half of the states, the Supreme Court issued an unprecedented stay of the rule in 2016.”
“We welcome today’s announcement and thank President Trump and Administrator Pruitt for their continuing efforts to address regulatory overreach and restore appropriate balance.”
The American Coal Council represents the collective interests of the American coal industry from the hole-in-the-ground to the plug-in-the-wall ~ in advocating for coal as an economic, abundant and environmentally sound fuel source.