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Coal baron's action plan became Trump policy initiatives

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In the early days of the Trump administration, the head of one of America's largest coal companies sent a four-page "action plan" to the White House calling for rollbacks of key environmental and mine safety regulations.

Murray Energy chairman Robert "Bob" Murray claimed the rollbacks would help revive the struggling mining industry.

A review by The Associated Press of that March 1 plan shows Murray, an early Trump campaign supporter, has gotten about half the items on his wish list. Still others, such as eliminating federal tax credits for wind turbines and solar panels, failed to win approval in Congress.

Murray has spoken widely about his priorities, but a copy of the plan itself became public this week after it was obtained by Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island.

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