EPA is looking to give polluters a break in Utah, at the expense of our national parks

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is at it again. This time he’s considering repealing a plan that calls for pollution controls at two Utah coal-fired power plants. The Obama-era regulation would require the plants to install equipment that would more effectively lower their smog-forming nitrogen oxide pollution in order to reduce haze at nearby national parks, such as Arches and Canyonlands. Rocky Mountain Power, the owner of the plants, and the state of Utah sued the EPA last year, and after a recent visit from Governor Gary Herbert, Pruitt says he will turn the decision over to the state of Utah. This is yet another example of Pruitt choosing his alliance with industry over his duty to protect the health and environment of Americans.

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