In our last post, we continued our discussion about new EPA rules pertaining to coal ash emissions, briefly discussing the basic requirements citizens must meet in order to initiate a “citizen suit” to have an environmental regulation enforced. As we noted, these requirements constitute what is called standing.
In our previous post, we began discussing a new rule passed by the Environmental Protection Agency which governs coal ash emissions. As we noted, the rules require groundwater monitoring to ensure that coal ash ponds do not accumulate excessively high levels of coal ash. The issue is an important one for the state of Georgia, since there are over twenty coal ash ponds here.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency released new regulations governing the amount of coal ash plants can release in their operations. Coal ash, as some readers know, is a byproduct of coal combustion that can contain various toxic substances, including mercury, lead and arsenic, and it is often found in groundwater.
Industry’s which involve highly toxic chemicals have a huge responsibility, not only with respect to the environment, but also with respect to government regulators and the public. Carelnessness in industry can, of course, result in serious environmental pollution and adverse health effects.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal of a regulation passed by the Obama administration aimed at reducing toxic emissions from coal-fueled power plants. While the regulation has been hailed as a major achievement for clean air, it has also been attacked by Republicans and industry leaders as more costly to the coal industry than is warranted by the benefits.