The Environmental Protection Agency has released its to-do list for 2014, in the form of its annual regulatory agenda. And it calls for tackling some controversial environmental questions that Congress has been unable to resolve, including how to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants and whether energy companies should be required to disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground during fracking. While the plan has some gaps—Bloomberg BNA has pointed out it's noticeably silent on coal ash, a toxic coal-burning byproduct that has been responsible for several recent environmental disasters—it could have far-reaching environmental benefits. Below is a summary of the EPA's biggest goals in the new year.
HOLYOKE — Coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station is operating with a water-discharge permit that hasn’t been updated since 1997, according to environmental groups looking to cut water pollution from each of the 386 utility-sized, coal-fired power plants in the country.
“So what we are seeing is there hasn’t been a full review on that plant in more than 15 years now,” said Drew Grande organizer with the Massachusetts Sierra Club.
EASTON — A coalition of environmental clean water organizations is calling for stricter pollution regulations on coal-fired power plants across the nation after a recent study showed coal plants have become the largest pollution source of toxic water in the county, based on toxicity.
The study, “Closing the Floodgates: How the Coal Industry is Poisoning Our Water and How We Can Stop It,” was sponsored by the Environmental Integrity Project, the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice and the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Maryland has seven coal-fired power plants, all across the Bay Bridge in western Maryland that, according to the study, dump tens of millions of pounds of toxic metals into the state’s waterways each year.