Louisville Courier-Journal: Legislators join pro-coal rally outside EPA coal ash hearing – Political theater and serious testimony in Louisville about jobs and health put a sharp focus Tuesday on coal and what’s left behind when the black rock is burned to generate electricity. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency public hearing at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel drew several hundred people and was intended to help the agency decide between two options — one more stringent than the other — for managing the huge and expanding volume of fly ash, bottom ash and scrubber sludge produced by coal-fired power plants.. It was the seventh of eight that the agency has held in the last month.  Read more here. See video of protests below.

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The New York Times: $1.5 billion plan would cut sewage in city water -The Bloomberg administration wants to invest up to $1.5 billion over the next 20 years on new environmental techniques to reduce the flow of sewage into the city’s waterways.  The plan, announced on Tuesday by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, calls for building an infrastructure to capture and retain storm water before it reaches the sewer system and overloads it. The city would foster investments in projects like green roofs with plantings, porous pavement for parking lots, rain barrels, wetlands and depressions for collecting water in parks, for example. Read more here.

Nature: Phosphate fertilizer warning for China – Researchers are warning that inappropriate management of phosphate fertilizer and animal manure in China has resulted in serious water pollution and substantial waste of phosphorus, a non-renewable inorganic chemical. Read more here.

AOL News: Food-safety lawyer puts his money where your mouth is – Why should a trial lawyer kick in a half-million dollars of his own money to document the presence of an unregulated pathogen in America’s meat supply when the agency responsible for meat safety won’t? Read more here.

The New York Times: 18 Senate Democrats join GOP in assault on EPA’s boiler proposal – In a sign of growing bipartisan opposition to a proposed crackdown on air pollution from industrial boilers, 18 Senate Democrats have joined a slew of Republicans in asking EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to scale back the agency’s plans.  The 41 senators are worried about the proposed “Boiler MACT” rule, which would require operators of the boilers to install maximum achievable control technology (MACT) for toxic air pollutants such as mercury. It could cost tens of billions of dollars to upgrade the nation’s roughly 200,000 boilers, which provide power to many industrial facilities, universities and hospitals. Read more here.