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Toxic Spills Highlight Trump's Deregulation of Coal Plant Waste

Ari Natter, Jennifer A Dlouhy
Toxic Spills Highlight Trump's Deregulation of Coal Plant Waste

The breach of a pond used to store coal ash in North Carolina has revived criticism of the Trump administration’s efforts to loosen restrictions on how power plants dispose of the toxic waste. The Environmental Protection Agency in July relaxed Obama administration requirements that forced companies to keep a closer watch on coal ash disposal sites and their potential groundwater contamination -- and signaled further revisions sought by industry are coming. “The rollbacks by the Trump administration make these kinds of risks more likely and more dangerous,” said John Rumpler, clean water program director for advocacy group Environment America.