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EPA Proposes New Federal Coal Ash Disposal Permits (1)

Feb. 19, 2020, 3:55 PMUpdated: Feb. 19, 2020, 7:15 PM

Utility companies in most states would need a federal permit to dispose of coal ash under a proposal that the EPA announced Wednesday.

The EPA announced its plan to require federal permits for coal ash disposal in states that lack their own permitting programs.

Under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016, states can create their own permitting programs for coal ash disposal, which must be at least as stringent as federal law. Only Georgia and Oklahoma have EPA-approved permitting programs so far.

The new proposal would make federal coal ash disposing permits mandatory in nonparticipating...

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