Environmental protection

EPA to relax federal regulations on coal-fired power plant waste

A coal-fired power plant Pennsylvania.
A coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania. Photo: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to ease regulations on coal-fired power plant waste on Monday, according to the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Coal-fired power plants produce coal ash and water that contain mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals that pose risks to human health and the environment if stored improperly. Some power plants store coal ash in unlined waste ponds, which threatens groundwater and waterways.

USDA Forest Service plans to expand logging in Tongass National Forest

In this image, a waterfall is seen in a thick forest of evergreen trees.
Baranof Island in Tongass National Forest, Alaska, in 2013. Photoo: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

At the request of President Trump, the USDA Forest Service is drafting a plan that would allow logging on over half of Alaska's Tongass National Forest, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The Trump administration has rolled back at least 85 environmental policies, per the NYT, with 32 others in progress. These efforts have at times been applied to policies that predate the Obama administration — in this case, the 2001 "roadless rule" dates back to the Clinton era, Axios' Amy Harder notes.