Scott Pruitt

Utilities group petitions EPA head to upend coal ash rule

A utilities group asked the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to sweep away rules governing the disposal of the poison-laden ash left behind when coal is burned to generate electricity.

The Utility Solid Waste Activities Group filed a petition asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reconsider broad sections of the Coal Combustion Residuals Rule, saying the regulations are ill-conceived and burdensome.

The EPA chief has expressed his willingness to gut environmental regulations finalized under the Obama administration, especially if doing so aids the fossil fuel industry. Since his appointment, Pruitt has repeatedly moved to block or delay rules aimed at curbing air...