EPA Proposes To Relax Requirements On 2015 Coal Ash Rule

Changes Would Allow Additional Time For Utilities To Meet Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to relax rules on power plants related to coal ash storage and wastewater discharge. The waste from burning coal contains heavy metals that could impact public health and the environment.

The proposed revisions roll back Obama-era requirements from 2015. Ash ponds that were seeping contaminants into groundwater would have had to close by April 2019. Now, utilities have until Aug. 31, 2020, to retrofit or close unlined ash ponds. In addition, some facilities would be able to obtain extensions ranging from three months to eight years for those shutting down coal-fired boilers...

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Ken Notes: I strongly support the extensions for plants that have shut down. We need to work with bug energy as the shift to renewable power...



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