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.”
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Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney, Coal Program: “The fact that major utilities in Ohio are planning to shut down a number of dirty coal-fired power plants throughout the state should be an indication that the market is moving on to less costly and cleaner resources. We will be advocating to maximize energy efficiency and renewable energy as the best options for replacing coal plants, and for providing a just economic transition for coal workers and communities.”
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."
Charles McPhedran, Staff Attorney, Earthjustice: “This administration is unpredictable. I don’t know what we’re going to see, but Congress and the public caught up with Ronald Reagan.”
Lisa Evans, Senior Administrative Counsel, Earthjustice: “Coal ash is a toxic substance that if handled incorrectly can take human lives, can make people sick, can ruin the environment, lakes, rivers, streams, permanently.”
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.”