EPA Seeks Input on Proposals to Establish a Clear and Stable Regulatory Framework for Coal Combustion Residuals and Reduce More Pollutants Under Effluent Limitation Guidelines

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 13:19

Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two proposed regulations – one that applies to the management of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from electric utilities and one that revises a portion of the regulations (known as effluent guidelines) affecting wastewater management from steam electric power plants. Because these proposed rules may affect many of the same facilities, EPA coordinated their timing to promote transparency and regulatory certainty for the U.S. power sector and electric reliability for consumers.“Today’s proposed actions were triggered by court rulings and petitions for reconsideration on two 2015 rules that placed heavy burdens on electricity producers across the country,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “We are proposing both at the same time in order to provide more certainty to the American public. These proposed revisions support the Trump Administration’s commitment to responsible, reasonable regulations by taking a commonsense approach, which also protects public health and the environment.”“We applaud the Trump EPA’s latest efforts to protect coal mining and the livelihoods of those who depend on its success in West Virginia. The proposed regulations will improve the regulatory burden on the coal industry and lower the cost of electricity for West Virginians,” said West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.“Oklahoma pursued a State program because we felt it was the most efficient way to protect the public and meet the needs of industry. We continue to believe that federal standards are best implemented at the local level. We will commit to revise our program to ensure it remains as protective as the federal program. We also strongly endorse beneficial reuse as a means of sustainably managing CCR when accomplished in a manner protective of human health and the environment,” said Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Kenneth Wagner.Read more...https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-seeks-input-proposals-establish-clear-and-stable-regulatory-framework-coal