Texas' move to control coal ash pollution could shield industry from tougher rules under Biden-led EPA

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The coal-fired Fayette Power Project plant near La Grange, in Fayette County. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

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Texas may soon get authority over the disposal of ash from coal-fired power plants, a change that could insulate coal companies from tougher rules expected under a Biden administration.

A proposal introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this month would allow Texas to regulate coal ash instead of the federal agency. The move comes just after the EPA this year weakened the Obama-era rule on coal ash pollution amid other rollbacks and rule-making maneuvers cementing the Trump administration’s environmental agenda.