The rule is expected to include requirements on how coal ash should be disposed, how existing coal ash pits should be cleaned up, whether coal ash should be designated as a hazardous material, and who should be responsible for enforcing the rules.
“There is a good way, instead of just using taxes to build a bridge, why not use a charge on pollution to build not only a bridge, but also clean air so kids can breathe. You get a twofer,” Inslee said. “That’s what we’re going to do.”
Experts noted that peer-reviewed studies on how fracking affects public health were few and far between; that the process had the potential to pollute New York's many reservoirs and aquifers; and that the economic benefit to the state would be "clearly lower than intially forecast."