U.S. EPA moves to postpone steam electric power plant effluent rules

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), speaks to employees of the Agency in Washington, U.S., February 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it proposed a rule on Thursday to postpone compliance dates for effluent guidelines for steam electric power plants published in November 2015.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said this would affect the following wastestreams: fly ash transport water, bottom ash transport water, flue gas desulfurization wastewater, flue gas mercury control wastewater and gasification wastewater, the agency said in a statement.

It said the move was a response to two petitions asking the agency to reconsider the guidelines.

Reporting by Eric Walsh