May 25, 2017 / 11:29 PM / 2 months ago

U.S. EPA moves to postpone steam electric power plant effluent rules

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Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the Agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017.Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it proposed a rule on Thursday to postpone compliance dates for effluent guidelines for steam electric power plants published in November 2015.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this would affect the following wastestreams: fly ash transport water, bottom ash transport water, flue gas desulfurization wastewater, flue gas mercury control wastewater and gasification wastewater, the agency said in a statement.

It said the move was a response to two petitions asking the agency to reconsider the guidelines.

Reporting by Eric Walsh

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