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What Does Repealing The Clean Power Plan Mean For Louisiana? Maybe Not Much For Now

A natural gas-fired power plant owned by local power utility Entergy.
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A natural gas-fired power plant owned by local power utility Entergy.

Since taking office, the Trump administration has been looking for ways to repeal the Clean Power Plan — the Obama administration's policy to reduce carbon emissions at local power plants.

 

Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced it would indeed to be repealed.

 

Here in Louisiana, the electrons that flow into our homes mostly come from nuclear and natural gas power plants. WWNO'sTravis Lux talked with Loyola law professor and former EPA official Rob Verchickabout what repealing the Clean Power Plan could mean for Louisiana.

 

 

Rob Verchick is an environmental law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a former policy official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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Rob Verchick is an environmental law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and a former policy official at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Travis Lux primarily contributes science and health stories to Louisiana's Lab. He studied anthropology and sociology at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and picked up his first microphone at the Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole, MA. In his spare time he loves to cook -- especially soups and casseroles.
Travis Lux
Travis is WWNO's coastal reporter.