PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) - During a visit to Hazard on Monday, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the Trump administration will rollback Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming. Pruitt, along with Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, also visited the city of Paris while in Kentucky.
At both stops, the pair discussed the rollback of President Barack Obama's clean power plan. It required coal-fired plants to begin reducing CO2 emissions. It was never put in place because the Supreme Court placed it on hold due to several lawsuits. Pruitt says the Obama administration overstepped its authority with the plan. While in Hazard, he said he will begin the process of rolling it back on Tuesday.
"That is a business decision for the people of that area and then as they make those decisions what should our job be? Require that they use equipment that helps limit or mitigate the mission for whatever choices they make," said Pruitt.
"The war on coal has taken a toll. Jobs lost. Communities suffering. People moving," said Senator McConnell
WKYT spoke to officials at East Kentucky Power Cooperative, who say they support the move. Opponents say CO2 is a public concern and needs to be regulated.
"If it is a health hazard, then let's get these workers train into the new economy in something that can really grow," said Lane Boldman with the Kentucky Conservation Committee.
Several environmental groups have said they plan to challenge the repeal in federal court.