Five States Pressure EPA to Close Toxic Coal Ash Dumps Sooner

Jan. 22, 2020, 8:33 PM

Extending deadlines to comply with regulations to dispose of coal ash will worsen water pollution near ash ponds and landfills, five attorneys general said in a statement Wednesday.

Attorneys general from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and Vermont sent comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday. They argued the agency’s proposed revision to federal coal ash disposal laws (RIN:2050-AH10), which would allow disposal facilities more time to accept waste before permanently closing, wouldn’t be protective enough.

The EPA is rewriting its 2015 coal ash disposal rule after environmental and industry groups challenged the rule in court. ...

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