Former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, the new acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, approved a new rule Tuesday that guts restrictions on the handling of coal ash—the toxic waste generated at hundreds of coal-fired power plants around the U.S. The new rules were put in place in 2015 after a string of high-profile toxic spills in North Carolina and Tennessee. Wheeler became acting head of the EPA earlier this month, after former chief Scott Pruitt stepped down amid a string of corruption scandals.
EPA Chief, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Guts Coal Waste Rules
HeadlineJul 19, 2018