EPA to propose ending Obama-era Clean Power Plan: report

EPA to propose ending Obama-era Clean Power Plan: report
© Greg Nash

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ready to repeal the centerpiece regulations former President Obama instituted to fight climate change,  according to a department document obtained by Reuters. 

Reuters reports that the document was distributed to the agency's Regulatory Steering Committee, and that it proposes to repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan.

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President Trump has already announced he would pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, and he launched a review of the Obama plan in March. The Clean Power Plan was the main way Obama had hoped to meet U.S. obligations to reduce climate emissions under the Paris deal.

This would be the first major action taken by Trump to roll back the program.

More than two dozen states sued the administration over the plan. The case is now suspended, and the administration faces a Friday deadline to say how it wants to proceed.

The Clean Power Plan, which sets carbon reduction targets for states to apply to their energy sectors, contrasts with the administration's efforts to revamp nonrenewable energy industries, such as the coal and mining sectors. 

The Hill has reached out to the EPA for comment.