Coal ash ponds set for closure by 2024
- May 19, 2016 7:23 pm GMT
Residents who live near the ponds had asked that they be closed sooner.
State officials said in a statement that work either planned or already underway at some sites could change the risk posed by the coal ash ponds. They are asking lawmakers to give them the opportunity to reconsider the classifications in 18 months.
State officials said the classifications are based on the current risk that each pond poses to public health and the environment.
All 25 sites, including the ones in
The classifications will become final in 60 days.
At a public hearing in March, four speakers pleaded for
Environmental activists say about a half million people, including
"It also does not allow for revisions to the classifications based on new information about a pond's risk to public health and the environment," he said.
"It's unclear what oversight or public input there will be if these classifications can be revisited immediately before the deadline for closure plans," she said. "This is exactly what the legislature sought to avoid when drafting the Coal Ash Management Act."
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