Regulations proposed by an arm of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Environmental Quality Board, would restrict the level of total dissolved solids (TDS) at water discharge points. If enacted, these regulations would cost mining, drilling and other industries in Pennsylvania billions of dollars in up-front capital costs and tens of millions in yearly operation and maintenance costs, according to industry officials.
"These regulations are about as rigorous as they can get," said George Ellis, president of the Pennsylvania Coal Association. "And we believe completely unnecessary."
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