Trump Expected To Reform CPP And WOTUS

President Trump is expected to sign multiple executive orders this week, aimed at dismantling Coal Industry regulations enacted by the Obama administration. According to reports, one will instruct the Environmental Protection Agency to begin re-writing the Clean Power Plan, and will order the Department of Interior to lift it’s moratorium on new coal leases. The Clean Power Plan set a target for green house gas emission reduction in the U.S., and limited green house gas emission from coal fired power plants. The plan was expected to force multiple power plants and coal mines to prematurely shut down.  Trump is expected to sign another order ordering  the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin rewriting the Waters of the U.S. Rule.  Rewriting this rule is not only popular with coal companies, but also with farmers and ranchers, who felt the rule gave excessive control over private property to the federal government. While, dismantling the regulations contained in the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule could take months, lifting the Department of Interiors moratorium on coal leases may take effect immediately. This is the latest step in  Trumps commitment to remove excessive governmental regulations on the coal industry. He also eliminated the “Stream Protection Rule” last week. Trump’s efforts to target green house gas regulations may continue. During his campaign he also vowed to remove the U.S. from the Paris agreement, an international agreement on climate change, and to pull federal funds from any UN climate change program.

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