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The Latest On: Coal Ash

June 21, 2017 | Blog Post

Scott Pruitt's Deadly Delays

Scott Pruitt is delaying key rules that protect our health and environment. For every delay, lives are lost.

May 25, 2017 | In the News: WKU Public Radio

Coal Ash Emergency Plans Are Now Public, But Residents Remain In The Dark

Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “Emergency plans are just pro forma for dams, which ordinarily hold water. So it’s a no-brainer that contingency or emergency plans should be necessary for dams that are impounding toxic waste. And yet, it was only until last week the public could see these plans, and only until last month that the EPA actually required them.”

May 15, 2017 | Legal Document

CCR Rule Petition Cover Letter

Legal petition that industrial polluters filed that seeks to do away with most of the EPA’s environmental safeguards for coal ash

May 15, 2017 | Legal Document

Utility Solid Waste Activities Group Petition

Polluters’ Petition for Reconsideration seeks to do away with most of the EPA’s environmental safeguards for coal ash, which is the toxic waste left over from coal-burning power plants.

April 10, 2017 | In the News: WKU Public Radio

Coal Ash Pollution Threatens Groundwater At Western Kentucky Power Plant

Thom Cmar, Staff Attorney, Coal Program: “Those arsenic numbers are off the charts. ... Their plan is basically, we’re going to dump some chemicals into the wastewater that will help the solid arsenic that might be in particle form settle out more effectively. So, the water will be clearer. It won’t necessarily be clean.”

February 10, 2017 | In the News: Associated Press

On The Effluent Rule

Thomas Cmar, Staff Attorney, Coal Program: "The rules were essentially establishing a standard that was many years overdue, and I think the industry has quickly adopted it because they've recognized that [failure to address the coal ponds] is a practice that needs to end. This is a significant liability for these plants."

December 21, 2016 | In the News: Southeast Energy News

Federal Water Bill Includes Changes for Coal Ash Regulation

Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “When a state does not submit a program for approval, the requirements of the EPA’s [coal ash] rule remain in effect in that state. For states that have no approved program, the EPA must implement a permit program in that state, but only if Congress provides funding for the EPA to do so.”

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