The Trump administration on Friday announced it will begin the process of rolling out the first of two major federal climate and clean water regulations under the president.
President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to finalize the final version of the Clean Power Act, a sweeping policy that aims to curb the carbon emissions produced by burning fossil fuels and other sources of greenhouse gas.
Under the plan, the EPA will develop regulations for the nation’s power plants, air pollution, water quality and other key environmental issues.
The new rules are expected to take effect in 2021.
Trump has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the nation, including from coal-fired power plants and oil refineries, by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
The EPA is already working on a rule that would require that coal plants that are not generating zero emissions from carbon dioxide emissions have to have at least 50 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, according to The Hill.
The agency has said the Clean Air Act requires that power plants have a greenhouse gas reduction goal of 80 percent.
But the Clean Energy and Security Act, which Trump has signed into law, also requires that the agency develop a goal of 100 percent clean energy.
The legislation requires that EPA develop an energy efficiency target for every coal-powered power plant.
While the goal is not binding, the law requires that coal-generated power plants meet a goal that is lower than the actual emissions.
Trump on Friday issued a directive that instructed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to propose new standards for power plants in the coming weeks, according on Twitter.
The plan is the first major step toward fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise to reduce carbon emissions.
The White House has repeatedly argued that coal is not a major contributor to global warming and that it should not be subject to stringent regulations.
The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump campaigned on a pledge to clean up the nation and make the country “great again,” but he has since been criticized for his efforts.
Trump has said that his administration will be a “clean energy superpower” and that the country will be “back on the path to energy independence.”