NJ challenges weaker rule on emissions from coal-fired power plants

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey joined with 21 other states, along with several cities, in challenging a new rule adopted by the Trump administration to weaken federal emissions standards governing global warming pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopted a rule to overturn a signature environmental achievement of the Obama administration in its efforts to combat climate change.

In a petition filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the states challenged the action, dubbed the Affordable Clean Energy rule, as unlawful, saying it would allow coal units to operate indefinitely into the future without installing pollution controls to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions …

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