Dave Johnston Power Plant

Dave Johnston Power Plant’s coal pile pictured May 16 in Glenrock.

Alan Rogers, Star-Tribune

Gillette will have a chance to weigh in on the fate of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.

The Obama-era attempt to cut carbon emissions from the utility sector could have had an outsized impact on Wyoming, potentially cutting coal production by one quarter to one half of what it was before the recent downturn.

The dates for the listening sessions, which will also take place in San Francisco and Kansas City, Missouri, have not been announced.

The EPA was criticized in recent weeks for holding just a single listening session on the proposed repeal of the CPP given the widespread controversy of the plan and its impact to the coal sector and climate change. The meeting took place over two days in West Virginia last month.

Sen. John Barrasso applauded the announcement and thanked EPA administrator Scott Pruitt in a statement released by the EPA Wednesday.

“The Trump administration is listening to the people of Wyoming,” he said.

The Clean Power Plan was passed in 2015 to address concerns about climate change, but was quickly tangled up in the courts. It was the only regulation expected to bring the U.S. close to its handshake commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions as part of the Paris Climate Accord.

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Heather Richards writes about energy and the environment. A native of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, she moved to Wyoming in 2015 to cover natural resources and government in Buffalo. Heather joined the Star Tribune later that year.

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