U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (right), along with EPA Administrator Pruitt, U.S. Senator John Barrasso, tour Black Thunder mine ealier this year. (USEPA photo by Eric Vance)
The releasing of a plan to roll back an Obama-era regulation that prevented new coal power plants from being constructed across the country drew praise from U.S. Senator Mike Enzi yesterday.
The proposal comes from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is expected to lift regulations designed to force new coal power plants to utilize emission-cutting technology, which has yet to be perfected for commercial use.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity reports that 40 percent of the U.S.’s coal plants have either set, or have announced plans to retire. Without replacements, the nation would lose a key source of reliable energy for the electrical grid, according to a press release from Enzi’s office.
“It was no secret that the Obama Administration tried to use the EPA to regulate coal use out of existence,” Enzi said in a statement. “I am glad to see action is being taken to roll back one of the more outrageous regulations imposed.”
Enzi states that coal still plays a vital role in powering the nation, a statement based on the resources reliability as an energy source.
“There are a lot of challenges that still face the coal industry,” Enzi continued. “But thanks to the Trump Administration, this would be one less hurdle.”