Statement from Delia Patterson, Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Communications and General Counsel, American Public Power Association
The American Public Power Association and its members are working with the rest of the electric utility industry to manage coal ash in the safest way possible while protecting the environment and minimizing impacts to communities and power customers. As a part of this process, new disposal units will need to be built to replace impoundments that do not meet previous coal ash standards set by the D.C. Circuit Court’s 2018 decision. This will undoubtedly take some time, and EPA acknowledges this reality through its proposed rule.
The Association is reviewing the new rule and will confer with member utilities before offering comprehensive feedback to EPA. We are pleased that EPA is working to provide clarity to the industry on this issue, and we will certainly be engaged in the ongoing stakeholder process.