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Court orders EPA to revise 2015 coal ash rule

Says rule does not go far enough in addressing threats to human health, environment

Posted August 24, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled August 21 that EPA must revise its 2015 coal ash rule governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals produced by electric utilities and independent power plants. The Court’s decision orders EPA to revise the rule to better address the threats to human health and the environment caused by toxic waste.

The Court also stated that EPA improperly exempted coal ash ponds at closed coal-fired power plants from regulation, and held that the Agency acted within its authority to regulate coal ash ponds that no longer actively receive waste and are located at operating power plants.

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