WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSAZ) -- President Donald trump is expected to announce a climate change plan this week -- the same week he will visit Charleston, West Virginia -- that would give individual states the power to decide pollution regulations.
According to the New York Times, the Trump administration will propose a "vast overhaul of climate change regulations that would allow individual states to decide how, or even whether, to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants."
President Trump is expected to highlight the proposal at his rally in Charleston Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
“It's wonderful that such an announcement could be made here in West Virginia where coal is so instrumental,” Bill Raney with the West Virginia Coal Association told WSAZ. “Gives control back to the states, actually approaching it from a reasonable standpoint.”
This would significantly weaken the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and is a setback for environmentalists who want to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
The New York Times article goes on to say, "The plan would also relax pollution rules for power plants that need upgrades."
“If a mine wants a new boiler or equipment of some kind, there won’t be as many regulatory hoops to jump through," Raney said. "So it's some relief for these mines that want to modernize but haven’t been able to do since the regulation changes.”