EPA announced a new rule that holds polluters responsible for both controlling and cleaning the coal ash from coal-powered power plants.
The Environmental Protection Agency plans to strengthen a rule that forces the clean-up of toxic waste from power plants. The agency announced a proposal that requires a safe management of coal ash dumped in landfills and ponds.According to AP News, this new rule holds the polluters responsible for both controlling and cleaning the coal ash. Coal ash is a byproduct of burning coal.
It’s extremely polluting and can contain mercury, chromium, and arsenic, which cause serious health issues in people.
If the rule is successful, it’ll protect underserved and minority communities that already struggle with pollution.
The rule is the newest step in the Biden administration’s efforts to reduce pollution. Last week, the EPA also imposed new limits on greenhouse gas emissions from coal and gas power plants.
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