USEPA Relaxes Black Coal Plant Water Waste Rules

8 Sep 2020 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
WASHINGTON DC, United States

The Trump administration has confirmed that it is scaling back regulations introduced under President Obama that were designed to limit the levels of toxic materials in coal plants’ water waste.The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) said it’s relaxing rules about the disposal of coal ash (a fine powder and sludge) and contaminated water produced by coal-burning power plants.The move will lead to the contamination of waterways and drinking water sources, and pose risk to the health of people and wildlife, as well as to the environment.A report by the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice, published last year, found that 91 Percent of the US’s coal-fired power plants reported elevated levels of contaminants such as arsenic, lithium, chromium and other pollutants in nearby groundwater...

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