EPA Rejects Alabama Coal Ash Plan; Utilities Could Be Forced to Dig Out Massive Ponds
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken steps to revoke Alabama's coal ash permitting plan, citing its inadequacy in protecting rivers and drinking water from toxins. If finalized, utilities in Alabama may be required to excavate and remove millions of tons of wet coal ash slurry from unlined ponds situated alongside rivers. The EPA's proposal marks the third attempt by the Biden Administration to strengthen environmental protections in Alabama. The coal ash ponds in the state have raised concerns, with environmental groups advocating for utilities to move coal ash away from unlined ponds to prevent pollution of rivers and protect public health. The proposed rejection is subject to a 60-day comment period before finalization.