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EPA Orders Reassessment Of Toxic Metal Dumping Rule That SBA Advocacy Opposed
EPA “has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants into public waterways.” In a letter to the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy and other groups that had sought a revisiting of the rule, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wrote, “I have decided that it is appropriate and in the public interest to reconsider the rule.” The rule would have required power “to begin showing that they were using the most up-to-date technology to remove heavy metals – including lead, arsenic, mercury and other pollutants – from their wastewater” next year. This rule represents one in which the costs to small businesses clearly outweigh the benefits.