For Immediate Release, June 19, 2019


Clare Lakewood, (415) 316-8615,

Trump's EPA Finalizes Dirty Power Plan

WASHINGTON— The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency today released its final rule that scraps the Clean Power Plan and lets states decide whether, and how, to limit power-plant pollution.

“This deadly rule rejects science in a groveling effort to satisfy the fossil fuel lobby,” said Clare Lakewood, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Trump’s EPA is hell-bent on propping up coal at the expense of human health, the survival of endangered species and a livable climate. But we’re confident this attack on our lungs and our planet won’t survive in the courts.”

Fossil fuel power plants are the largest stationary source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan, finalized by the Obama administration in 2015, imposed the first-ever nationwide limits on carbon pollution from power plants.

The new replacement rule redefines the “best system of emissions reduction” of greenhouse gases from power plants as heat-rate improvements at coal-fired power plants. Heat-rate improvements result in increased generation, which reduces the overall emissions reduction, and can even increase overall pollution.

Projections indicate that the rule will result in increases in carbon dioxide emissions in 18 states and D.C. in 2030, compared to having no rule in place at all. The EPA has previously predicted that this rule will result in at many as 1,400 premature deaths per year.

The rule is also predicted to result in increased sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions in many states in 2030, compared to having no rule in place at all. Sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide are pollutants that cause asthma and other health problems.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.