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EPA Gives More Time for Feedback on Plan to Dispose of Coal Ash

May 18, 2020, 1:57 PM

The EPA is again extending its public comment period for its proposal to create a federal coal ash disposal permitting program.

  • The Arizona Public Service Co. and the Navajo Nation asked for extensions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Environmental Protection Agency previously extended the deadline from April 20 to May 20. The deadline is now July 19, according to a notice scheduled to appear in the Federal Register Tuesday.
  • The Navajo Nation requested the extra time “due to the serious implications the Proposed Rule will have on the Nation, and the extraordinary circumstances that the Nation faces as we respond to COVID-19,” Jonathan Nez, the Navajo Nation’s president, wrote to the agency last month.
  • Coal combustion residuals, or coal ash, are the waste generated by coal-fired power plants. The proposed federal permits would spell out compliance deadlines, application requirements, modification procedures, and other details for electric utilities operating coal ash ponds or landfills outside of states with EPA-approved permit programs.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sylvia Carignan in Washington at scarignan@bloombergenvironment.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergindustry.com; Rebecca Baker at rbaker@bloombergindustry.com; Anna Yukhananov at ayukhananov@bloombergindustry.com

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