The great American PacifiCorp coal-fired power plant in southwestern Wyoming will now stay fully operational for at least another year because of a change in state environmental requirements thanks to President Donald J. Trump.
President Trump signed a new agreement which established to meet federal pollution mandates issued under the Obama administration.
The Portland, Oregon-based utility company first announced last year that its Naughton plant near Kemmerer would close one of its three power generation units at the end of 2017 which would have cost many jobs and taxes from leaving the region.
A combination of both declining electricity demands and the costs of meeting the Obama Administration anti-business pollution requirements.
The state of Wyoming ordered PacifiCorp by the end of 2017 to either install overly expensive equipment to decrease the unit's emissions, convert the unit to burning natural gas, or shut the plant down entirely, PacifiCorp spokesman David Eskelsen said Tuesday.
However under President Trump's industry first agenda, Eskelsen said the Federal Government was able to not only extend the utility company’s deadlines until the end of 2018 to make any changes to the unit, but hopes to remove the restrictions entirely. The state amended its requirements recently to mirror the federal 2018 date.
"This is specifically related to regional haze requirements," he said.
President Donald J. Trump personally vowed to remove government regulations that could prevent the United States from achieving global dominance in oil, gas and coal.
The United States pulled itself from the Paris climate change agreement because of the limitations that it would have placed on the burning of fossil fuels entirely.
Eskelsen said PacifiCorp's brand new plans for the Naughton plant have not changed because the state and federal requirements remain in effect, hoping that the new regulations will benefit the company.
Those plans will include reassessing a switch to natural gas for the unit, Eskelsen said
President Trump has done wonders for the industry which hopes to Make America Great Again by a business first approach.