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EPA Eases More Obama-Era Standards

The Trump administration eases standards on coal ash pollution. 

The Andrew Wheeler-led Envinronmental Protection Agency is easing more Obama-era environmental standards, Reuters reports. Thet EPA announced the easing of a 2015 rule on the disposal of toxic coal ash. It was quickly slammed by environmentalists, but the EPA said the revision would give flexibility to utility companies and states. The easing of the rules would save $28 million to $31 million per year in regulatory costs. Environmentalists say scaling back standards will increase pollution. "Wheeler is on course to give industry exactly what it asks for, regardless of the damage it wreaks on our drinking water and health," wrote Earthjustice senior counsel Lisa Evans.

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