Groups Want New Coal Plant Discharge Standards

The coal plant in Iatan is Missouri's largest. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
The coal plant in Iatan is Missouri's largest. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

A coalition of national environmental groups is calling on federal regulators to adopt the toughest possible standards to limit discharges of toxic metals from coal-fired power plants into rivers, streams and lakes. The groups released a report highlighting the failure of state and federal environmental regulators to protect watersheds and public health. The report cited data from a review of permits and monitoring requirements for 386 coal-fired power plants across the nation, including 18 in Missouri.

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