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EEI Statement on EPA’s Coal Ash Regulation
WASHINGTON (December 19, 2014) – Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) final rule to regulate coal ash.

“While we are still reviewing the final rule in detail, EPA made the proper determination that coal ash should be regulated as a non-hazardous waste in a way that will protect human health and the environment. However, we still have concerns with the self-implementing nature of the rule and the way in which EPA has left the door open to one day regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste, creating additional uncertainty for electric utilities. These regulations will add to the challenges the electric power industry faces in providing reliable, affordable and increasingly clean electricity to power the U.S. economy and to enhance the daily lives of all Americans.

“Passing legislation that establishes state-enforced federal requirements for the disposal of coal ash would address many of our concerns and help eliminate uncertainty. EEI will continue to advocate for such legislation in the next Congress. As always, EEI’s member companies support and comply with our nation’s environmental laws, and our industry continues to ensure that those laws are fully met.”
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