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EPA Unveils Plan to Relax Rules on Coal Power Plants in US

Coal News - Published on Wed, 06 Nov 2019

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The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants this week, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and waterways. EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said “The new proposals reduce heavy burdens on electricity producers across the country.”

One proposal would relax some 2015 requirements on coal-fired power plants for cleaning coal ash and toxic heavy metals, including mercury, arsenic and selenium, from plant wastewater before dumping it into waterways. The other would give some utilities up to several years more to clean up or close the more than 400 unlined coal ash dumps around the country that lie within a few feet of groundwater.

These proposals would roll back an Obama administration regulation outlining the types of technology that coal-fired power plants must use to capture and treat the wastewater that flows out of their facilities.

The administration plans a 60-day period for public comment on the two rule rewrites.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 06 Nov 2019
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