EPA To Revamp 1982 Power Plant Discharge Rule

Law360, New York (September 15, 2009, 6:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it would revise its Reagan-era standards for water discharges from coal-fired power plants, a day after the Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife said they planned to sue the agency for failing to review the regulations.

A multiyear EPA study completed earlier in 2009 revealed that the 1982 regulations hadn't kept up with changes in the electric power industry, the agency said.

The changes involved coal-fired power plants' installation of air pollution controls that, in turn, have polluted water,...
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