By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

Coal pileBoth the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump administration have proposed lifting regulations on coal-burning residue, although these substances can contaminate water supplies.

Environmental advocates warn that doing so would be dangerous for many communities.

“I can say without hesitation that this is an extremely dangerous proposal that will do lasting harm to communities near coal ash reuse sites and coal ash waste piles,” Lisa Evans, senior counsel with Earthjustice, told The Hill.

Coal ash is mostly used as a soil replacement, to level ground for construction projects, or it is sprinkled over landfills as a protective cover. But scientists also say that it can contaminate water with arsenic, which can lead to cancer.

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