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EPA Will Strengthen Limits on Wastewater Pollution from Coal-Fired Plants

July 27, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is set to establish more stringent standards on water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The EPA on July 26 announced it would reinstate Obama-era regulations that were rolled back by the Trump administration.

An EPA official on Monday said the new rule would impact about 100 coal-fired plants. The agency said it would begin the rule-making process to reduce pollution, including toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic and selenium, though changes could take a few years to go into effect—meaning the current standards, which include dozens of environmental regulations that were weakened by the Trump EPA—will remain in place.

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