EPA tries to roll back Clean Power Plan

The Clean Power Plan policy worked to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), Tuesday.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt led the repeal, with the EPA stating the CPP "exceeds the Agency's statutory authority," according to a press release.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Hampton Roads Director Christy Everett said the news is disturbing.
"We all have the right to clean water and clean air and to see our government not protect that right is really frustrating," said Everett.

The Clean Power Plan was introduced by the Obama administration in 2015 and attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Speaking out against CPP, Pruitt said, "The CPP ignored states' concerns and eroded longstanding and important partnerships that are a necessary part of achieving positive environmental outcomes."

The Trump Administration said the repeal could save up to $33 billion in avoided compliance costs in 2030. However environmental groups are speaking out, saying if the Clean Power Plan is repealed, not only will it hurt the environment, but it will also affect public health.

"We need to speak up and say our clean air and clean water is our right, it's important to us and this is not ok with us," said Everett, "You are not speaking on behalf of what's really important to our economy, to our livelihood and to our health."

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