23 Apr '12, 11pm

ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

ALEC’s Vision of Pre-Empting EPA Coal Ash Regs Passes the House

, the ash contains concentrations of arsenic, boron, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and other metals, but the coal industry has claimed there is less mercury in the ash than in a fluorescent light bulb. However, the EPA found in 2010 that the cancer risk from arsenic near some unlined coal ash ponds was one in 50 — 2,000 times the agency’s regulatory goal. Additionally, researchers from the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, and Sierra Club have documented water contamination from coal ash sites in 186 locations. The new bill would strip the EPA ’s authority to regulate the ash and hand it over to the states.

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/alec-s-vision-pre-empting-epa-c...

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