1. WATER POLLUTION:
EPA to clamp down on power plant discharges, offers clue on coal ash rule
U.S. EPA is proposing a rule aimed at curbing wastewater discharges laced with heavy metals and other toxins from coal-fired and nuclear power plants, saying it's looking to "align" new standards with another pending rule related to the disposal of coal-combustion ash. The rule proposal announced late Friday afternoon offers four options for regulating toxic discharges from power plants.