EPA head tells coal miners 'regulatory assault is over'

Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt left shakes hands with coal miners during a visit to Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company's Harvey Mine in Sycamore Pa. Thursday

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Utilities, including UWAG, took EPA to court to have the rule overturned.

The EPA has asked to add 10 security agents to provide a 24/7 security detail for Pruitt, which would be the first time an EPA administrator has had around-the-clock security, according to the New York Times.

In an interview on FOX Business Network's The Intelligence Report, the EPA administrator said the last eight years under the Obama administration presented a "false choice" between economic growth, jobs and the environment.

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"Some of our nation's largest job producers have objected to this rule, saying the requirements set by the Obama administration are not economically or technologically feasible within the proscribed timeframe". But the sword cuts both ways: Environmental groups - as well as clean-energy and technology companies, along with attorneys and policy experts committed to their cause - could just as well relentlessly submit their comments and feedback over the next month. "Plaintiff is seeking to educate the public about whether, during a speech in his official capacity, the EPA Administrator has relied upon or disregarded the scientific research of his Agency, and Defendant is frustrating that objective". Many worked just three or four days a week when demand for coal bottomed out in 2014 and 2015. EPA is also restoring states' important role in the regulation of local waters by reviewing the WOTUS ("waters of the U.S.") rule. "Those impacts are being, and will be, felt in communities around the country". The executive order could make it more hard for the U.S.to hit its carbon reduction benchmarks.

On Thursday, Pruitt visited a coal mine in southwestern Pennsylvania to launch what the EPA called a "back-to-basics" agenda.

Aside from arguing EPA improperly withheld data on how they came up with the rule, plaintiffs argued the agency didn't perform proper testing to see if requiring coal plants to install new equipment would meet federal pollution guidelines. Since taking office, he has signed executive orders revising Obama-era regulations on carbon emissions from power plants and coal mining on federal land.

"The coal industry was almost devastated by years of regulatory overreach", Pruitt said in a statement touting his visit. But miners now are working full time and with weekend overtime.

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