The Trump administration is moving aggressively to roll back the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants.
President Trump is expected to announce on Friday that the administration will phase out the rule.
The move follows months of pressure from the oil and gas industry, and the Congressional Review Act allows Trump to undo any regulation before Congress reviews it.
The administration also said on Friday it is reviewing how to deal with mercury emissions in air pollution, which has soared over the past two years under the Obama administration.
A White House official said the Trump-era plan will help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
But the plan will also reduce air quality and pollution in places like California, New York and other states that have been hard hit by climate change.
Trump has called climate change a hoax and vowed to reverse it.
Trump said in March that the goal of the Clean Energy and Security Act is to achieve a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2027.
A review of the plan was expected this week, with the first draft released late last month.
The EPA announced on March 6 that it would delay the implementation of the rule until 2020, a move that was widely viewed as an attempt to appease industry.
The new plan would cap greenhouse gas emissions from power plants at 32 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
That’s an amount far below the level of emissions the agency has said it would need to meet in order to achieve its goals.
It’s a significant departure from the Obama-era climate rule, which would have required utilities to reduce emissions 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
The Environmental Protection Agency has also been working to rollback the Clean Air Act, a law that allows states to regulate air pollution from power lines and other sources.
The law’s passage in 1988 prompted the Bush administration to begin a broad crackdown on air pollution.
It required the Environmental Protection Office to develop plans to reduce ozone and particulate pollution in the United States, which were supposed to be implemented by 2025, but did not occur until 2032.
The Obama administration’s plan, which was aimed at cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants, was rolled back in 2018.
Trump and his aides have repeatedly said they want to roll it back.
However, the new plan does not address the issue of mercury emissions, which is still considered a threat to public health and the environment.
That could change with the release of the EPA’s final report on the Clean Powers Plan.
The report is expected on Friday.