What impact will Trump's environmental policy have on the region?

Proposed national environmental policy rollbacks could have major implications for local residents, ranging from contaminated water to limited assistance on electric bills for low-income residents, environmental groups warn.

The Trump administration has frozen or proposed to overturn dozens of environmental regulations, many before they went into effect, in a plan to ease government oversight on coal, oil and other industries.

"If we don't have confidence that there is someone at the head of the [Environmental] Protection Agency that is using science, then we lose ground," Southern Alliance of Clean Energy Executive Director Stephen Smith said.

Smith said the current state of affairs is like a car wheel held on by lug nuts. EPA leader Scott Pruitt and the rest of the Trump administration are loosening those lug nuts with every rollback, he said.