Happy Earth Day with a Positive Coal Ash Message from EPA!
Monday is Earth Day – and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency delivered a gift to coal ash recyclers just in time: On Friday, the
Agency sent a clear signal that it is moving away from its earlier proposal to
regulate coal ash as a “hazardous waste.”
The announcement showed up on page 52 of a related
rulemaking proposal that was released on April 19. After announcing that the
Agency intends to “align” proposed new Clean Water Act regulations for coal ash
disposal with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act coal ash rulemaking
that began in 2010, EPA said this:
posted by: on: Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:09
Recycling Remains Stalled – No End in Sight
It’s been more than four years since the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency announced it would develop new regulations for coal ash
disposal. The uncertainty EPA created when it said one regulatory option could
involve a “hazardous waste” designation for coal ash has brought the growth in
ash recycling to a screeching halt. Despite the damage being done to recycling and
the environment, EPA still has no schedule for completing its new rules.
rates in the United States in 2011 remained below 2008 levels for the third
consecutive year – stalled after nearly a decade of grow...
posted by: on: Apr 17, 2013 @ 03:22
Happy America Recycles Day!
November 15 is “America Recycles Day.” So what better time
to review the positive environmental contributions that come from using coal
ash instead of throwing it away?
There are many good reasons to view coal ash as a resource,
rather than a waste. Recycling it conserves natural resources and saves energy.
In some cases, products made with coal ash perform better than products made
without it. For instance, coal ash makes concrete stronger and more durable. It
also reduces the need to manufacture cement, resulting in significant
reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
In the deca...
posted by: on: Nov 15, 2012 @ 03:25
EPA Admits: No End in Sight for Developing Coal Ash Regulations
If there was ever any doubt that Congress should act now to
create coal ash disposal regulations, a recent court filing spells out the
truth: Four years after the highly publicized failure of a disposal
impoundment, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is nowhere near
completing regulations it initially promised within a year.
The consequences for coal ash recycling are severe. The regulatory
uncertainty created by EPA’s ongoing threat of an unwarranted “hazardous waste”
designation for disposed coal ash is already harming recycling.
It now appears that only Congress is in a posi...
posted by: on: Nov 01, 2012 @ 03:32
What’s in Coal Ash? The Same Stuff as Dirt…
Anti-coal environmental groups love to rave about
“toxin-laden” coal ash, but have you noticed they never explain what that
means? That’s because the “toxins” in coal ash are the same ones in your
backyard soil – and in similar concentrations.
The American Coal Ash Association recently published a new
report analyzing the most up-to-date U.S. Government information available
about the constituents of coal ash. The report concludes that the
concentrations of metals in coal ash, with few exceptions, are below
environmental screening levels for residential soils and are similar in
posted by: on: Aug 20, 2012 @ 11:25
New U.S. Senate Bill Protects Environment and Coal Ash Recycling
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s effort to establish
coal ash disposal regulations nears the end of its fourth year with no
conclusion in sight, U.S. Senators are acting to create meaningful regulations
that can take effect now while simultaneously protecting coal ash recycling.
S 3512 – the ‘‘Coal
Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2012’’ – was filed August 2, 2012. The bill
would establish the first ever national regulatory standards for coal ash disposal.
The new legislation is based on the regulatory structure approved by the U.S. House
of Representatives and...
posted by: on: Aug 18, 2012 @ 10:41