EPA proposes eased regulations on coal-ash pollution

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November 4, 2019 - 6:49 PM

The two unlined ash ponds are seen in the foreground of the coal-fired NRG Waukegan Generating Station in Waukegan on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018.

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed to make it easier for power companies to dispose of the toxic residues from burning coal, building on other steps the agency has already taken to rewrite Obama-era rules for coal ash pollution.

The EPA’s actions would unwind some of the requirements for treating toxic wastewater and ash that coal power plants discharge that were set in that 2015 rule, which implemented the first federal limits on the levels of toxic metals that can be discharged in wastewater from power plants, and required companies to use updated technology to prevent such pollution.

Separately, the EPA is working on broader regulations to address other parts of the Obama administration rule.

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