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The Environmental Protection Agency says coal's share of U.S. power generation will drop by nearly 25 percent over the next 15 years if proposed regulations go into effect as scheduled. The final version of the EPA's Clean Power Plan is expected to call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for June 5, 2015 - EPA backs up water safety from fracking: The oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, mobilizes thousands around the country both for and against the process, industry and some environmental. Hydraulic fracturing to drill for oil and natural gas has not caused widespread harm to drinking water in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday in a draft report. (AP Photo)

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks in Washington in this Nov. 19, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, said that it would be best to wait for the resolution of legal challenges to the EPA's Clean Power Act before implementing the plan. (Associated Press)

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Republicans say the Environmental Protection Agency erred by not consulting with the Fish and Wildlife Service in designing its so-called Clean Power Plan because the proposal almost surely will force the closure of coal-fired power plants and subsequently reduce the warm water Florida's manatees need to survive during cold winter months. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Bob Gibbs, Ohio Republican, questioned how the EPA can go forward with a rule expanding the reach of the Clean Water Act to ponds and ditches without knowing the breakdown of positive and negative public comments on the regulation. (ASsociated Press)

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EPA attack on America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy confers with an aide as she prepares to address the Natural Resources Committee session during the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) ** FILE **

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, right, standing with Secretary of State John Kerry, speaks at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, during a signing ceremony to launch a joint air quality program at select U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

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Illustration on EPA methane regulation by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Power Plant Getting Taxed More by the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Illustration on impending EPA regulatory takeover of U.S. "waterways" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustration on dismantling the EPA by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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EPA Imposing Expensive Green Energy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, asked the EPA's inspector general to sort out the missing message issue, saying that deleting the messages appears to break the EPA's own policy.

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EPA Weeds Attacking Coal Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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EPA Weeds Attacking Coal Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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The EPA, headed by Gina McCarthy, says strontium, which can reduce bone strength among those deficient in calcium, is the latest contaminant to be targeted under the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. (Associated Press Photographs)

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Illustration on the EPA's harming of the low-income, minority and elderly by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy holds up a pen before signing new emission guidelines during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington. In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)