In the news today…
- Washington Post and Argus report the Trump administration on Monday weakened a 2015 regulation that would have forced coal plants to treat wastewater with more modern, effective methods in order to curb toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury from contaminating lakes, rivers and streams near their facilities.
- New York Times reports the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scaling back some requirements for limiting certain toxic elements in coal-fired power plants’ wastewater.
- E&E Greenwire reports EPA is relaxing Obama-era regulations for wastewater coming from coal-fired power plants, discharges that can contain high levels of toxic chemicals like mercury, arsenic, nitrogen and selenium.
- Bloomberg Law reports that a federal judge has approved Murray Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy, which will allow it to continue operating under the ownership of a new lending group.
- Wall Street Journal carries an op-ed which argues that California illustrates all the flaws in energy policies stemming from the Democratic Party.
- Pennsylvania Business Report reports representatives from several industries gathered at a rally Wednesday at the Cheswick Power Plant in Springdale in voice opposition to Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
- Cleveland.com reports new Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp has taken what he says is the first step toward repealing House Bill 6, the nuclear bailout law that’s at the center of an ongoing federal corruption investigation.