EPA rolls back Obama-era coal pollution rules

(CNN) – The Environmental Protection Agency has rolled back regulations on coal emissions as President Trump heads to the heart of coal country to deliver the news. 

Trump will join supporters in Charleston, West Virginia, for a political rally on Tuesday to celebrate his administration’s proposal to allow states to set their own emissions standards for coal-fueled power plants.

The move would reverse Obama administration efforts to combat climate change and marks the fulfillment of a campaign promise at the heart of his appeal in coal-producing states like West Virginia.

The EPA Tuesday morning formally unveiled the details of its new plan to devolve regulation of coal-fired power plants back to the states, one that is expected to give a boost to the coal industry and increase carbon emissions nationwide.

Trump’s promise to revive the coal industry was embodied by Trump’s campaign stops in coal producing regions of West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, where Trump supporters waved "Trump Digs Coal" signs and where the President-to-be donned a coal mining helmet.

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