CPR President Rena Steinzor has issued this statement on today’s coal ash news. She says:
Because EPA is actively considering these two very different approaches, it has not actually proposed anything from a regulatory perspective. The EPA will almost certainly have to go back and get another round of public comment before making a final decision, which is not what Jackson wanted when she walked into OIRA’s door. … The White House has met with industry representatives on this issue literally dozens of times, and it’s no surprise those meetings netted a delay. The administration could and should have moved ahead months ago with one strong proposal to tackle toxic coal ash.