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New EPA rules could affect Ohio power plants
Rules would limit pollutants discharged into water ways from power plants
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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The Avon Lake plant will be closed by 2015, but other steam-generating power plants could be subject to a new set of EPA rules governing pollutant discharge.
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Coal fired power plants in Ohio could be required to limit the amount of pollutants discharged into waterways if a new set of US EPA rules is enacted.

The change comes after environmental groups sued the EPA over a loophole granted to power plants that allows unregulated discharges into lakes and rivers.

The proposed rules would monitor pollutants leached out of ash dumps or waste removed from scrubbers.

The EPA estimates 1.8 billion lbs. of lead, cadmium, mercury and other toxic metals are washed into waterways each year from U.S. power plants.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio EPA does not currently monitor such discharges unless there is a clear water-quality issue at a plant.

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