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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.

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