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EPA proposes rules that could require utilities to clean up ‘legacy’ coal ash ponds, landfills

May 18, 2023

When the EPA issued its coal ash regulations in October 2015, it exempted ponds and landfills that were used at power plants that had retired before the rule took effect.

The EPA expects about 280 coal ash ponds and landfills will be affected by the proposal, which the agency plans to issue as a final rule in June 2024. There are more than 1,000 active coal ash disposal sites, according to the EPA.

Coal ash contains mercury, cadmium, chromium and arsenic, which are linked to cancer and other health problems, according to the EPA.

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