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Hogan administration presses Trump EPA not to abandon Obama-era plan to cut air pollution

Hogan administration presses Trump EPA not to abandon Obama-era plan to cut air pollution

Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration has formally lodged its opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s planned repeal of an Obama-era program to reduce pollution that comes from power plants.

In a letter, Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles told EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that the state opposes the annulment of what is known as the Clean Power Plan unless it is replaced with an “effective and enforceable” alternative to cut emissions.

Grumbles also asked the EPA to hold a hearing on the issue in Annapolis or the Baltimore area before making a final decision.

“It is pivotal that EPA have the benefit of hearing firsthand from our...

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