Toxic runoff from power plants is A-OK with Trump

The Trump administration is proposing to weaken protections that keep wastewater from power plants from polluting America’s rivers and streams with heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury. During the Obama administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule that would require coal-fired plants to prove that they are using the most up-to-date technology to prevent dangerous pollutants from flowing into nearby waterways. The rule, decades in the making, was backed by scientific research linking exposure to those toxins to cancer and impacts on cognitive development (including lowered IQs) in children.

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