Judge to EPA: Finalize Coal-Ash Rules

It's time for EPA to rule on coal ash disposal, a judge said Tuesday.
National Journal
Alex Brown
Oct. 30, 2013, 2:41 a.m.

Fed­er­al stand­ards for coal-ash dis­pos­al have been on hold for four years, and a fed­er­al judge on Tues­day dir­ec­ted the En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency to fi­nal­ize reg­u­la­tions with­in 60 days, The Huff­ing­ton Post re­ports

Des­pite coal ash’s tox­ic levels of some sub­stances, few stand­ards are on the books to deal with its dis­pos­al. EPA is­sued a draft pro­pos­al in 2009 after a Ten­ness­ee con­tain­ment pond burst and leaked 1.1 bil­lion gal­lons. The White House Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget re­turned the pro­pos­al to the agency with a choice between the ori­gin­al rules and a more state-fo­cused plan. EPA has yet to move on either set of stand­ards.

Tues­day’s dir­ect­ive to fi­nal­ize rule­mak­ing came as the res­ult of a suit filed by en­vir­on­ment­al groups.

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