It was good to learn that the Obama Administration has started to assess the hundreds of coal ash disposal sites at power plants across the country. Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, said the agency will also reconsider federal regulation. As pointed out, coal ash ponds storing waste created by burning coal are not subject to federal regulations.
The pledge was made last month during Ms. Jackson’s confirmation hearing before a Senate panel. In 2000, the EPA recommended setting a national standard for the hundreds of coal ash disposal sites nationwide. But the EPA never acted on that recommendation during the Bush Administration.
Source: Associated Press
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