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...
posted by: on: Aug 04, 2013 @ 01:13
Improved Coal Ash Legislation Filed in U.S. House
A bill filed in the U.S House of Representatives on June 3,
2013, would create the first-ever federal regulatory standards for coal ash
disposal while simultaneously creating the regulatory certainty needed to re-energize
coal ash recycling in America.
HR 2218 – the ‘‘Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of
2013’’ – filed by Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) and 35 bipartisan
co-sponsors – is an example of what the legislative process can do to solve
problems. This bill began over two years ago as a simple one-paragraph
provision to block EPA from designating coal ash as haz...
posted by: on: Jun 03, 2013 @ 06:21
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