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EPA Eyes ‘Least Restrictive’ State Ash Limit, Sparking ‘Race To Bottom’ Fear

August 12, 2019
Parts of EPA’s recent proposal to rework Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) limits on coal ash reuse are based on “the least restrictive state requirement” rather than fresh analysis of risk data, in a move that sources say could spur a “race to the bottom” among states looking to adopt more lenient standards. An industry source and an environmental attorney both say the agency’s decision to base new federal standards explicitly on the least stringent available model among states...

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