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Don't Forget Recycling in Ash Regulation Discussions
Americans benefit from robust conversations about coal ash disposal and the best ways to manage it. Unfortunately, those conversations all too often degenerate into attacks on “toxic coal ash” that demonize the material and interfere with the best coal ash management strategy of all – beneficially using the ash instead of disposing it in the first place. EPA’s recent six-year coal ash rulemaking was primarily a debate over who should enforce new disposal standards. EPA presented both hazardous (Subtitle C) and non-hazardous (Subtitle D) approaches. Notably, the landfill engineer...
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posted by: on: Aug 05, 2015 @ 02:47
Happy Earth Day 2015!
Happy Earth Day 2015! Much has changed over the 45 years since the first Earth Day was held in 1970. Americans have made enormous progress in cleaning up our environment and creating consciousness about environmental issues in people’s everyday lives. For the people who work in the coal ash recycling industry, improving the environment is a job description and every day is Earth Day. 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 ...
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posted by: on: Apr 22, 2015 @ 07:43
Think Coal Ash for “America Recycles Day”
November 15 is “America Recycles Day” and what better occasion to remember the environmental benefits of recycling coal ash. More than 50 million tons of coal ash are safely recycled every year in a wide variety of uses and products. Recycling coal ash keeps it out of landfills and disposal ponds where it can cause problems. Despite what you may read about coal-fueled power plants shutting down, coal remains the largest energy source used to generate electricity. Generating that much electricity from coal produces large volumes of ash — solid materials left over from the combustion...
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posted by: on: Nov 15, 2014 @ 07:15
On Kingston Anniversary, Time to Refocus on Recycling
December 22 marks the fifth anniversary of the coal ash spill at the Kingston power plant in Tennessee. Cleanup from the incident is substantially complete, but the regulatory uncertainty and negative publicity the spill caused continue to depress efforts to recycle coal ash rather than throw it away. In today’s Knoxville News-Sentinel, American Coal Ash Association Executive Director Thomas Adams called for refocusing on recycling. You can view the article on the KnoxNews website here – or view a reprint below: Five Years after Kingston Spill: It’s Time to Refocus on R...
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posted by: on: Dec 22, 2013 @ 01:38
Kingston – Then and Now
On the fifth anniversary of the Kingston coal ash spill, Citizens for Recycling First readers may be interested in what the site looks like today. The Tennessee Valley Authority has posted a bunch of “before” and “after” photos on its website showing the remarkable cleanup that has occurred. You can see all of the photos here or look below for samples.Above: December 2008Above: Same view 2012...
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posted by: on: Dec 22, 2013 @ 01:29
Coal Ash Bill Passes House with Broad, Bipartisan Support
Legislation that would create the first national coal ash disposal regulations passed the U.S. House of Representatives with the support of 39 Democrats, 279 diverse industry trade associations and individual companies, and a positive statement from the Obama White House. HR 2218, the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013,” passed the House on July 25, 2013, by a vote of 265-155. Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R‐WV) and 54 co‐sponsors, the bill attracted yes votes from 39 Democrats from urban and rural districts in 21 states. The bill also enjoyed widespre...
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posted by: on: Aug 04, 2013 @ 08:13

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