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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 @ 12:15
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 @ 06:38
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 @ 06:29
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 @ 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...
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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: “Although a...
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posted by: on: Apr 22, 2013 @ 05:09

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