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EPA State Coal Ash Permit Guidance Offers Flexibility

Law360, New York (August 10, 2017, 4:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued guidelines for states on how to craft permit programs for the management and disposal of coal ash, offering them some opportunities to deviate from federal requirements.

A state program doesn’t have to copy the current EPA rule covering coal combustion residuals, also known as coal ash, but it does have to be “at least as protective as” the CCR rule, the EPA said. The agency also noted it can approve a state’s proposed program “in whole or in...
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