KRC was proud to join 73 other organizations in commenting in opposition to a proposed EPA rulemaking that would weaken environmental protections associated with the management of coal combustion residuals from coal-fired power plants.
The proposal has two particularly reckless provisions
- The first, allowing unlined coal ash ponds to operate indefinitely despite the high risk of groundwater contamination posed by unlined ponds and without public review, and;
- Second, to allow huge volumes of coal ash to be dumped in hundreds of dangerous ponds that were required to close by the 2015 rule.
Removing the prohibition would allow operators to continue dumping millions of tons of toxic ash in ponds in 37 states, including high-hazard ponds and ponds in floodplains, for up to 15 years, without public input and potentially without even prior EPA or state approval and oversight.
EPA will consider the comments received and issue a final rule at a future date.