EPA Confirms Coal Ash Contamination, GOP Tries To Stop Regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) confirmed that coal ash contaminates water across US, as the Congressional House Republicans tried to stop regulations, reports Andrew Breiner at Climate Progress. Ash is polluting waters at nearly 40 sites. The House Republicans successfully passed a bill in July, that would preclude federal regulation of ash and leave it to the state, where an inadequate patchwork of state-evel regulations have failed to provide important safeguards.  The bill would prohibit the EPA from ever setting a minimum standard for coal ash disposal. EPA regulations will provide such safeguards. A 2010 Physicians for Social Responsibility and Earthjustice report on coal ash named arsenic, lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium and selenium as typical components, which “can cause cancer and neurological damage in humans,” and harm and kill wildlife. Republicans framed the bill as a way to avoid the costs of federal regulation, and even acknowledged their goal was to prevent EPA regulation. Without senate approval, however, which is unlikely, the bill will have no effect on the EPA regulations.

 

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http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/09/2445681/coal-ash-polluting-water/

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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