Environmental Protection Agency Rolls Back Restrictions on Coal Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency has scrapped measures to rein in fossil fuel emissions.

The move will ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants.

It means states now have more leeway in deciding if they want coal plants to upgrade, making them more efficient.

As a result the EPA chief claims more plants will open.

The move comes even after the agency’s own analysis that it would result in the deaths of an extra 300 to 1,500 people each year by 2030 because of additional air pollution.

New York says it plans to challenge the measure in court.