The Brandon Shores power plant in Maryland spent hundreds of millions to install pollution-control systems. A new Trump administration proposal would let some older coal plants skip such upgrades. Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd: , our email newsletter. One of the main advancements of the past half-century at coal-burning power plants has been the “scrubber,” a clean-air device that played a major role in ending the acid-rain crisis of the 1970s and that removes millions of tons a year of a pollutant blamed for respiratory disease. However, the Trump administration’s proposed rewrite of climate-change regulations could enable some of America’s dirtiest remaining coal plants to be refurbished and keep running for years without adding scrubbers or other modern pollution controls. Industry lawyers and former federal officials say the policy shift is one of the most consequential pieces of the Environmental […]