October 13, 2011
HR 2273 authorizes design of new or expanded coal ash ponds based on groundwater arsenic concentrations five times higher than Safe Drinking Water Act limits. Design requirements also incorporate limits for arsenic, cadmium, lead, and thallium less stringent than current law. All requirements (including monitoring/cleanup of badly polluted sites) could be waived if state decides they are “not needed” for coal ash management.
For the press release click here.
For the report click here.