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Coal Ash Worries

Credit: Nadia Kounang, CNN

Worries linger after EPA changes coal ash rules 06:02

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  • Coal burning power plants create coal ash, one of the largest forms of industrial waste
  • Heavy metals found in coal ash, such as arsenic, lead and mercury can carry health risks
  • EPA acting head Andrew Wheeler previously lobbied on behalf of energy companies

(CNN)In March 2017, coal mogul Bob Murray came to the Washington headquarters of the US Department of Energy for a meeting with Secretary Rick Perry. Also at the table was Andrew Wheeler, who this month became acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wheeler had helped organize the meeting as a lobbyist for the firm Faegre Baker Daniels, where Murray Energy was one of four energy clients he represented. The Murray team's agenda that day: a four-page action plan"for achieving reliable and low cost electricity in America and to assist in the survival of our Country's coal industry."

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