A draft rule released Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency will require EPA to protect the health and safety of the public from pollution by building more power plants, more solar panels and more natural gas plants.
But the final rule will require more than a dozen states to develop their own plans for reducing air pollution and emissions of greenhouse gases, the Associated Press reported.
The rule is likely to be a major victory for Republicans, who have pushed to dismantle the Environmental Protectors rule that limits pollution from coal-fired power plants.
The new EPA rule will also be the first rule issued by the administration to require states to establish an air quality plan to monitor and report air quality, a move the EPA called an “important first step” in protecting public health.
Under the rule, the EPA will also have to develop a plan for reducing methane emissions from natural gas wells.
Methane is the most potent greenhouse gas and is a potent contributor to climate change, and it is a primary driver of climate change.