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
Five Years after Kingston
Spill: It’s Time to Refocus on R...
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...
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...
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