Acting EPA Chief Likely to Continue Pruitt’s Coal Ash Rewrite

July 11, 2018, 11:08 AM

Former Administrator Scott Pruitt’s departure won’t affect the EPA’s efforts to push coal ash disposal enforcement to states and to allow utilities to define what is contaminated, associations and attorneys said.

Andrew Wheeler, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s acting administrator, was a former energy and environment lobbyist with Faegre Baker Daniels before joining the agency in April. One of his clients was Murray Energy Corp., which proposed changes to federal coal ash regulations that the EPA largely adopted.

The agency’s proposed changes to its 2015 coal ash disposal rule (RIN:2050-AG88) would let states and coal-powered electric...

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