EPA plans to roll back Clean Power Plan, major Obama-era climate rule

The Clean Power Plan limited carbon emissions.

But at Monday's announcement, Pruitt said the regulation picked "winners and losers," echoing comments from Trump and other officials that environmental regulations eliminated jobs in businesses like the coal industry.

"When you think about the Clean Power Plan, it wasn't about regulating to make things regular," Pruitt said. "It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers, and they interpreted the best system of emission reduction is generating electricity not using fossil fuels."

"Perhaps no single regulation threatens our miners, energy companies and workers more than this crushing attack on American industry," Trump said in March, referring to the Clean Power Plan.

More details on what will happen after the plan is withdrawn were not immediately available.