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EPA Chief, Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, Guts Coal Waste Rules

HeadlineJul 19, 2018
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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.

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