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Associated Press: EPA to Place Limits on Power Plant Water Pollution
September 16, 2009, 10:35 am
Filed under: News

By DINA CAPPIELLO
Tuesday, September 15, 2009; 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON — For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to limit the quantity of toxic metals that coal-fired power plants release into waterways.

The agency said Tuesday that equipment required to reduce pollution in the air has increased harmful contaminants in water discharged by power plants, particularly heavy metals such as selenium, cadmium, mercury and lead. Current regulations do nothing to control metals and are not enough to protect water quality and wildlife, the agency said.

The agency said the new rules will be unveiled in 2012, but EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is pushing for an earlier target date.

In a preliminary study released last year, the EPA found that only a fraction of the nation’s power plants were using readily available technologies to remove pollutants before they are released into waterways. The water pollution comes from scrubbers that strip gases of acid-raining causing sulfur dioxide and coal ash storage ponds where power plants store the leftovers of burning coal.

Read further at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/15/AR2009091501692.html

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