Creating stricter regulations for controlling coal ash
The reading and the lecture are both about whether should the United States government create a stricter regulation for controlling coal ash.The author of the reading feels that having stricter regulations are unnecessary and might have some bad outcomes.The lecturer challenges the claims made by the author.She is of the opinion that creating stricter regulation will have more benefits than consequences. To begin with, the author argues that the powerful regulations have already existed.The article mentions that one significant regulation requires companies to use liner from preventing coal ash drop into soil and causing pollution.This specific argument is challenged by the lecturer.She claims the regulation is not sufficient enough for old landfills and ponds to protect them from contamination.Additionally, she says only new ponds and landfills are required to use liner, but for the old ones aren’t.For example,the harmful chemicals leaked into underwater and contamited the drinking water. Secondly,the writer suggests having more regulations might discourage recycling of coal ash.In the article, it is said that consumers might concern it is too dangerous and they could stop buying products made from recycled coal ash.The lecturer, however, rebuts this by mentioning there’s no need to worry about that.She elaborates on this by bringing up the point that take mercury as an example, if the products are well recycled, the costumers are unlikely to stop buying these products. Finally, the author posits that it would cost to much money for having stricter regulations.Morever, it is stated in the article that it wil result in huge increase for disposal and handling cost for the power companys.In contrast, the lecturer’s position is the result will be worthwhile even though the cost might inhance drastically.She notes that it would only increase one percent on the household electricity bill for the consumers to pay for a cleaner environment.
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