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EPA moves one step closer to upending Obama's climate legacy

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Agency sent its draft proposal for changing the climate plan to the White House on Friday. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

The Trump administration moved one step closer Friday in the process to withdraw former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan climate regulations, according to the White House.

The Environmental Protection Agency sent its draft proposal for changing the climate plan to the White House, where it will begin the final interagency review process to scrap the regulations, which are under a Supreme Court stay.

The proposal went to the Office of Management and Budget a week after President Trump announced he would be withdrawing from the Paris climate change agreement. The Clean Power Plan represents the centerpiece of Obama's plan to meet its emission reduction commitments under the 2015 climate deal.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees the EPA, praised the procedural step as the beginning of the end for the Obama-era climate regulations.

"The so-called Clean Power Plan regulation would have closed power plants and hurt Wyoming's energy workers," the environment chairman said. "I am glad the Environmental Protection Agency is beginning the process of removing this punishing regulation."

Barrasso said he will continue to work with the Trump administration to find "common-sense policies to keep America's air clean and economy growing."

Trump began rescinding the Clean Power Plan in March when he signed an executive order to make the nation energy independent.