NMA Supports EPA’s Revised Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards

WASHINGTON D.C. – The National Mining Association (NMA) today issued the following statement from its president and CEO Rich Nolan applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised regulations governing technology-based effluent limitations guidelines and standards (ELGs) for the electric power generating point source category applicable to flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater and bottom ash transport water (BATW).

“This new rule replaces a prime example of regulatory overreach that was specifically designed to stack the deck against the coal industry when compared with other fuels. The model wastewater treatment techniques under the new rule can effectively remove pollutants at less cost and with fewer facility modifications than the technologies required by the prior rule, while also allowing for more flexibility in plant maintenance operations. The coal industry wants to be able to compete while also safeguarding important environmental protections – this rule shows that balance is possible.”

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