Friday, May 07, 2010

Report: EPA significantly weakened coal ash plan after White House review

A most interesting story this afternoon about EPA’s proposal on coal ash. And now we know why the proposal was stalled at the White House for many months.

Greenwire (as reprinted here in the NY Times online )

reports this afternoon that EPA’s proposal was radically changed during its unprecedented review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

EPA backed away from its plan to propose strict regulation of coal ash as “hazardous” waste, and instead put that forward as one of two options – the other being a soft approach sought by industry.

Industry seems to have had its way at a White House that appears to have a hard time creating some distance between itself and the coal industry.

If this had happened during the Bush presidency, there would have been a huge outcry.

And this would have generated a lot of media attention.

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