Advocacy Files Comments with EPA on Revisions to Wastewater Standards for Coal-Fired Power Plants
On Jan. 21, 2020, the Office of Advocacy submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed rule revising the Steam Electric Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELG). The regulation imposes technology-based standards on power plants to control wastewater under the Clean Water Act (CWA).
Advocacy commends the EPA for its work in the reconsideration of the 2015 steam electric rule, but encourages EPA to consider additional regulatory alternatives that are more cost-effective for each affected power plant rather than on an industry-wide basis. Advocacy also notes that the proposed rule does not resolve the problems with the Regulatory Flexibility Act compliance in the 2015 rule, which Advocacy identified in previous comment letters.