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EEI’s Statement on EPA’s Proposal to Amend the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule
WASHINGTON (March 1, 2018) – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Vice President for Environment Quin Shea issued the following statement today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposal to amend the coal ash rule.

“Electric companies across the country will post by March 2 their initial groundwater monitoring reports as required by EPA’s coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule. This is an important first step in complying with the rule. 

“It is important to remember that company reports contain initial data, and it is premature to use these results to predict any impacts to drinking water or public safety. These initial data now must be analyzed and assessed further, and the CCR rule establishes a schedule and process companies must follow.

“We are pleased that EPA today released a follow-on rule that proposes to incorporate site-specific tailoring of the groundwater monitoring and corrective action requirements of the original CCR rule. The proposed rule recognizes that Congress fundamentally changed the implementation mechanism of the CCR rule as part of the WIIN Act, signed into law in 2016. The proposed rule will provide states and the industry with greater certainty as they work to close ash basins safely and responsibly and continue to manage other ash management facilities, such as landfills.

“EEI’s member companies remain focused on ensuring that they can continue to provide reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean energy for all customers. And, they are committed to protecting the environment and to complying with all environmental regulations, including the CCR rule; to managing costs for their customers; and to minimizing impacts to the communities they serve.”

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