Electric Utilities and Wastewater Regulations

Something must be in the, err, water…

On the heels of my recent post about Toxic Waters, tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal features a story about plans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten regulations on the quality of the wastewater discharged from coal-fired power plants.  At issue are the toxins left behind from the scrubbing process used to remove the toxins from the air.

“Power plants pump out dirty water in part because of technology installed to stop the spread of soot and ash from smokestacks. The systems that clean smokestack emissions scrub the exhaust with water-based compounds. If left untreated, that mixture of water and metals can contaminate waterways and drinking water, the EPA said.”

For the full story, visit “Utilities Face Stiffer Wastewater Rules.”

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