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EPA announces first federal regulations for coal ash waste
EPA announces first federal regulations for coal ash waste

Six years after a catastrophic coal ash spill in Tennessee washed away homes and polluted rivers, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday the first federal regulations for the toxic wastes created by coal burned to produce electricity. The regulations disappointed environmental groups because coal ash is not treated like hazardous waste, as they had demanded. Instead the regulations tend to favor electric utilities. The rules do not cover all coal ash ponds at closed power plants or require that existing unlined coal ash impoundments be moved to lined, dry storage away from waterways. But for the first time, the EPA will regulate the storage and disposal of the estimated 140...

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