EPA Coal Ash Regulations

To comply with a court-ordered deadline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today has issued its first-ever national rule on the disposal of coal ash. This toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, which contains arsenic, chromium, lead, mercury and other known toxins and heavy metals, is the second-largest waste stream in the UnitedStates. But the vast majority of it is improperly stored in unlined and uncovered coal ash lagoons, often adjacent to our nation’s rivers and streams.