TVA may have weakened EPA's position on coal ash regulation
NASHVILLE. (AP) - A government watchdog group says the Tennessee Valley Authority may have weakened the Environmental Protection Agency's position on regulating coal ash when it was allowed to speak on the issue before the public.
The Tennessean reports that an accidentally released internal federal document shows that the public power producer, still cleaning up from a massive coal ash spill in 2008, criticized EPA's original draft proposal.
That proposal said coal ash should be classified as a "special" waste, making it fall under hazardous waste rules.
Open government advocates OMB Watch say TVA had a direct conflict of interest.
Barbara Martocci, a TVA spokeswoman, said it would have been irresponsible for TVA not to comment.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
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