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Advocates: Trump’s coal-friendly power plan will hurt Ohio’s health

Citing the administration’s own analysis, environmental advocates say the Clean Power Plan replacement will ‘make things worse.’

The General James M. Gavin coal plant in southeast Ohio. Photo by: Analog Kid / Creative Commons

WASHINGTON, DC — “Ohioans likely face more early deaths, more asthma attacks and higher electric bills under the Trump administration’s plan to replace the Clean Power Plan, say environmental groups. Those conclusions come from the Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis of the proposal, they add.

And while the plan could help the state’s coal industry, at least temporarily, it could cost Ohio jobs and growth in other sectors. Meanwhile, it’s debatable how much  greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced while emissions of other pollutants could increase.

…Three years ago, the EPA justified the Clean Power Plan by showing health and economic benefits substantially outweighed the costs. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler has proposed repealing that rule even as the agency’s own analysisfinds it would fall far short of the 2015 plan.”

— Kathiann M Kowalski, Midwest Energy News

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