This article discusses why Southern States Split in Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Rollbacks.
As the Trump administration scales back federal regulation of the waste from coal-fired power plants known as coal ash, a handful of Southern states have passed laws forcing utilities to clean up or contain the toxic mess.
Other states, though, have done little or nothing.
Four years ago, the Obama administration put in place America’s first comprehensive regulations for disposing of coal ash, the residue left after coal is burned. The rule set minimum standards for monitoring groundwater near coal plants, set public record keeping and disclosure requirements, and told utilities to phase out unlined ash ponds.