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Coal Ash Impoundments Get New EPA Rule

EPA today announced a set of four final rules regarding regulation of fossil fuel power plants in an effort to reduce pollution from power generation. Of direct interest to the water treatment industry is the final rule that “will require the safe management of coal ash that is placed in areas that were unregulated at the federal level until now, including at previously used disposal areas that may leak and contaminate groundwater.” GWTT offers turnkey dewatering and water treatment for ash pond closure and coal ash landfill leachate management.

The other final rules issued today include:

  • A final rule for existing coal-fired and new natural gas-fired power plants that would ensure that all coal-fired plants that plan to run in the long-term and all new baseload gas-fired plants control 90 percent of their carbon pollution.
  • A final rule strengthening and updating the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for coal-fired power plants, tightening the emissions standard for toxic metals by 67 percent and finalizing a 70 percent reduction in the emissions standard for mercury from existing lignite-fired sources.
  • A final rule to reduce pollutants discharged through wastewater from coal-fired power plants by more than 660 million pounds per year, ensuring cleaner water for affected communities, including communities with environmental justice concerns that are disproportionately impacted.

Link to full EPA press release.