EPA's Selenium Decision Will Transform Coal War

Law360, New York (August 29, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming decision on Kentucky's proposed water-quality standard for selenium will carry significant weight in the ever-expanding battle over coal, potentially providing financial relief to the energy industry and making it tougher for environmental groups to sue, experts say.

Current selenium limits in states like West Virginia have helped the Sierra Club and other nonprofits force coal companies to hand over millions of dollars in fines and cleanup costs, but those standards are based on older EPA water criteria and guidance that...
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