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Your environmental regulators at work

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Sorry. I heard this was coming and forgot to mention it:

How did the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission deal with a mining company, UMETCO, that has long exceeded state water pollution standards on discharges into a Hot Springs creek that feeds Lake Catherine? (CORRECTION NOTED: I originally wrote Lake Ouachita.)

Simple: Friday, PC&E changed the rules to permit the higher pollution levels. Photo above accompanied our earlier reporting on the dead creek. You'll excuse us if we don't sip from this "drinkable" water supply.

Local officials aren't happy.

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