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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 – beneficial...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 05, 2015 @ 09:47
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 re...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 22, 2015 @ 02:43
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 po...
Read More posted by: on: Nov 15, 2014 @ 01:15
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...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 22, 2013 @ 07:38
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. Y...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 22, 2013 @ 07:29
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 Re...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 04, 2013 @ 03:13
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 Reus...
Read More posted by: on: Jun 03, 2013 @ 08:21
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 ...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 22, 2013 @ 07:09
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 ...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 17, 2013 @ 05:22
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...
Read More posted by: on: Nov 15, 2012 @ 04:25
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 ...
Read More posted by: on: Nov 01, 2012 @ 05:32
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 publish...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 20, 2012 @ 01:25
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. &...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 18, 2012 @ 12:41
ACT NOW to Support Coal Ash Provisions in Transportation Bill!
A new online tool has been created at www.RegulateCoalAshRight.com to help people contact their Congressional representatives in support of legislation that would prevent a “hazardous waste” designation for coal ash.  Lawmakers from both the House and Senate are now working to craft a fin...
Read More posted by: on: May 23, 2012 @ 10:19
Anti-Coal Groups Trying to Avoid Blame for Hurting Recycling
            Faced with mounting evidence that their push for a “hazardous waste” designation for coal ash is harming environmentally beneficial recycling activities, anti-coal groups are falling back on an old strategy: Accuse “industry” of “misleading” the pub...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 07, 2012 @ 12:33
Coal Ash Recycling Declining Amid Regulatory Controversy
            Coal ash recycling rates stalled after eight years of dramatic growth when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began reconsidering a “hazardous waste” designation for ash that is disposed. Now, as EPA’s activities drag on, recycling rates have ...
Read More posted by: on: Jan 27, 2012 @ 04:44
White House Petition Drive Reaches Goal!
Citizens for Recycling First has succeeded in gathering 5,000 signatures for its petition on a new White House website that promises a response from the Obama Administration. A total of 5,133 signatures were gathered by the October 24 deadline. According to the White House website, the ad...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 25, 2011 @ 04:20
Bill to Protect Coal Ash Recycling Filed in U.S. Senate
            A bipartisan group of 10 U.S. Senators filed a bill on October 20 to create enforceable national coal ash disposal standards while protecting coal ash recycling from an unwarranted “hazardous waste” designation.   ...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:49
U.S. House Passes Bill to Protect Coal Ash Recycling
The U.S. House of Representatives on October 14 passed legislation designed to protect coal ash recycling and strengthen coal ash disposal regulations without a “hazardous waste” designation for the material. HR 2273 – the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act” – was approved by a bipa...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 14, 2011 @ 01:38
Five Easy Things You Can Do to Help Our White House Petition Succeed
Citizens for Recycling First has placed a petition on a new White House website that promises a response from the Obama Administration if we can get 5,000 signatures by October 24. You can sign the petition by clicking here: http://wh.gov/gu4         ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 30, 2011 @ 12:31
Support Our Coal Ash Petition on the White House Website! Sign it Today!
            Citizens for Recycling First has placed a petition on a new White House website that promises a response from the Obama Administration if we can get 5,000 signatures in 30 days. You can sign the petition by clicking here: http://...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 24, 2011 @ 09:03
MIT Says Coal Ash Recycling Key to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Coal fly ash use has been identified by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a key strategy for improving life-cycle costs and reducing emissions associated with concrete structures and paving. In 2009, MIT established a research group called the Concrete Sustainability...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 21, 2011 @ 05:26
Long Term Damage from Kingston Ash Spill Hard to Find
            As the third anniversary of the Kingston coal ash spill approaches, clean-up of the site is nearly complete and exhaustive health and environmental studies are failing to find any lasting damage.      &...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 19, 2011 @ 10:24
Without Recycled Coal Ash, Roads Would Cost $100 Billion More
A new economic study by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has found that the cost of building roads and bridges in the United States will increase by more than $100 billion over 20 years if coal fly ash is no longer available as an ingredient for concrete.   ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 12, 2011 @ 06:53
President Admits Coal Ash Proposal Cost in Billions
            Labeling coal ash a “hazardous waste” when disposed could cost the nation more than $1 billion per year, President Barack Obama said in an August 30 letter to U.S. House of Representatives leaders. In fact, proposed coal ash regul...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 09, 2011 @ 04:47
October or November Vote for Bill Protecting Ash Recycling
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced August 29 that HR 2273 – the “Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act” – will likely be voted on by the full House of Representatives in October or November. HR 2273 (read more about it here) will protect the environment by setting up new standards ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 02, 2011 @ 04:57
Contact Your Congressional Representative Now to Protect Coal Ash Recycling
            Members of Congress head for home during August and there is no better time to urge them to support coal ash recycling.             When House of Representatives members re...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 08, 2011 @ 01:51
Bloomberg Gives $50 Million to Group Pushing ‘Hazardous’ Designation for Coal Ash
            A Sierra Club program that lobbies for a “hazardous waste” designation for coal ash is getting a $50 million boost to its budget courtesy of a personal contribution by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The contribution wi...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 28, 2011 @ 03:48
More Congressional Bills Address Threat to Coal Ash Recycling
            The U.S. House of Representatives is attempting to protect coal ash recycling from an unwarranted “hazardous waste” designation in more than one way. At least three bills currently moving through the House include coal ash as ...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 27, 2011 @ 01:32
Judge Says No Damage at Golf Course that Used Coal Ash
A Virginia judge dismissed a key portion of a $1 billion lawsuit brought by homeowners who claimed they had been harmed by coal ash used in constructing the Battlefield Golf Club in Centerville, Virginia. The judge concluded that the homeowners failed to show that metals from the coal ash had con...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 26, 2011 @ 02:48
Bill Blocking Coal Ash ‘Hazardous Waste’ Designation Headed to House Floor
The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee on July 13 approved a bill that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash disposal as a “hazardous waste” while simultaneously directing states to enact enforceable permit programs modeled after...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 15, 2011 @ 09:58
Study Says Coal Ash Regulation Could Kill Thousands of Jobs
 The proposed federal regulation of coal ash from electric utility generating units would result in as many as 316,000 lost jobs in the United States, according to an economic analysis released June 15. These job losses, as well as other economic impacts such as electricity price increases ...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 01, 2011 @ 08:26
Coal Ash and Household Trash – How Do They Compare?
In advancing a bill that would regulate coal ash disposal without creating an unwarranted “hazardous waste” stigma for coal ash, members of Congress are creating a states-led regulatory program patterned after one that already works well for municipal solid waste – also known as “MSW” or “househ...
Read More posted by: on: Jun 30, 2011 @ 12:37
House Subcommittee Passes Bill Blocking Coal Ash 'Hazardous Waste' Designation
A U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on June 21 approved a bill that would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal ash disposal as a “hazardous waste” while simultaneously directing states to enact enforceable permit programs.  The House Energy and C...
Read More posted by: on: Jun 29, 2011 @ 10:05
44 U.S. Senators Ask White House to Act on Coal Ash
            A bipartisan group of 44 United States Senators has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking his Administration to quickly finalize new coal ash disposal regulations without labeling the resource a “hazardous waste.” &nbs...
Read More posted by: on: May 27, 2011 @ 12:22
Plenty of Coal Ash Will Need Recycling in Coming Decades
             Coal is likely to remain the dominant source of American electricity for decades to come, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration.  That means tens of millions ...
Read More posted by: on: May 26, 2011 @ 07:48
Citizens for Recycling First Testifies Before Congress
            Citizens for Recycling First testified before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on May 12 that regulatory uncertainty created by federal environmental regulators is harming coal ash recycling activities today.  ...
Read More posted by: on: May 12, 2011 @ 03:10
Federal Highway Administration Report Supports Coal Ash Use
            A U.S. Federal Highway Administration supported program aimed at advancing concrete paving technologies has identified coal fly ash as a “promising technology that can be used now to enhance concrete paving practices.”  &n...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 29, 2011 @ 09:10
Recycle Those Light Bulbs! (They’re More ‘Toxic’ than Coal Ash)
            America’s push to use more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs may be having an unintended negative effect on our environment – namely the release of large quantities of mercury because of improper disposal.  ...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 26, 2011 @ 03:48
Do Something for Coal Ash Recycling This Earth Day
Today is “Earth Day” in celebrations across the world – and a good time to remember the contributions that coal ash recycling makes in improving our environment. There are many good reasons to view coal ash as a resource, rather than a waste. Recycling it conserves natural resources and s...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 22, 2011 @ 10:54
EPA’s 'Regulatory Impact Analysis' Leaves Out a Lot of 'Impacts'
            A major focus of the recent Congressional hearing on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed coal ash disposal regulations was on what the Agency does – or does not – consider relevant when analyzing the economic impac...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 21, 2011 @ 04:34
Congressional Committee Considers Measure to Block ‘Hazardous” Label
            A House of Representatives subcommittee has heard testimony regarding proposed legislation that would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from labeling coal ash as “hazardous waste.” On April 14, 2011, the House ...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 19, 2011 @ 05:38
Debunking the Myth that 'Hazardous Waste' Labels Increase Recycling
 One of the most mind boggling claims by anti coal environmental activists and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is this: Recycling rates for coal ash will increase if EPA designates the material a "hazardous waste."  Yes, you read that correctly. In the coal ash dispo...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 12, 2011 @ 06:19
Fighting the Latest Media Mischaracterization -- “More Stringent”
            Citizens for Recycling First has begun an assertive effort to contact news reporters who inaccurately describe the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal for labeling coal ash “hazardous waste” as a “more stringent” form o...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 11, 2011 @ 06:40
Two Bills Filed in Congress to Block ‘Hazardous’ Coal Ash Label
            Two bills that would prohibit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from labeling coal ash as “hazardous waste” were filed April 6, 2011, in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The bills would not prevent EPA from improvi...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 08, 2011 @ 03:09
Absurd Claims Compare Coal Ash to Nuclear Waste
            Proving that some people will say almost anything in their single-minded determination to attack coal ash, a number of environmental activists have recently tried to draw comparisons between coal ash and radioactive waste. The ...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 30, 2011 @ 06:04
Shadowy Environmentalists Step Up Hypocritical Attack on Recycling
           Environmental activists who take credit for shutting down the Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) program have launched a new round of attacks – this one absurdly claiming that EPA continues to...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 28, 2011 @ 02:39
EPA Spends Big Bucks to Build Barriers to Coal Ash Recycling
            The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spent over three-quarters of a million dollars to produce a report concluding that the agency should spend lots more to study risks of using coal ash in recycling applications where no envi...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 24, 2011 @ 06:24
EPA Says No Coal Ash Rule in 2011
            Nearly four months after the close of its public comment period, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally signaled when to expect final coal ash disposal regulations.  The answer: Not any time soon.  &nbs...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 08, 2011 @ 12:33
House Approves Amendment Protecting Coal Ash Recycling
            The U.S. House of Representatives voted early this morning – February 19, 2011 – to cut off funding for any Environmental Protection Agency actions aimed at labeling coal ash a “hazardous waste” when it is disposed.   ...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 19, 2011 @ 08:56
U.S. House Standing Up for Coal Ash Recycling
            The U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote later today or tomorrow to put the brakes on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency efforts to label coal ash a “hazardous waste.”  Lawmakers are set to consider an amendm...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 18, 2011 @ 10:12
Coal Ash Association Comments Reflect Huge Volunteer Effort
Members of the American Coal Ash Association undertook an enormous volunteer effort to create comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed coal ash disposal regulations. More than 14,000 volunteer hours were expended to create a comment document with 211 pages and more tha...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 17, 2010 @ 04:50
EPA Delaying Some Regulations, But No Word Yet on Coal Ash
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has delayed actions on two high profile regulations that it has under development, saying it needs more time to fully consider technical issues and information submitted during public comment periods.  The Agency has not, however, officially given...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 14, 2010 @ 08:22
What's Next for Citizens?
Now that the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearings and public comment period for proposed coal ash disposal regulations are over, Citizens for Recycling First is expanding its activities. First on the "To Do" list now is combating the misleading and damaging practice of referring ...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 13, 2010 @ 05:32
Public Comment Period Closed. Here's How Citizens Did...
Public comments are no longer being accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding its proposed regulations for coal ash disposal. The public comment period closed November 19 and EPA now faces the task of sorting through the tens of thousands of comments it received. Citi...
Read More posted by: on: Dec 12, 2010 @ 06:23
Time to Act Is Short – Recycling Needs Your Help Now!
Less than two weeks remain in the public comment period for EPA’s proposed rules for coal ash disposal.  Now is the time to send EPA a message that disposal regulations should be strengthened without jeopardizing recycling.  Using the Citizens for Recycling First “Action Alert” t...
Read More posted by: on: Nov 06, 2010 @ 03:22
Comparing Citizen Groups at Final Coal Ash Public Hearing
            Citizens for Recycling First participated in the final EPA coal ash public hearing, urging the agency to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to disposal. At the hearing in...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 28, 2010 @ 06:15
Fighting Toxic Journalism Emerges as Major Challenge for Recyclers
            Citizens for Recycling First routinely contacts journalists who misuse the word “toxic” in their reporting on coal ash.  This effort has emerged as a significant second front in the battle to defend coal ash recycling. ...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 07, 2010 @ 07:47
Will EPA Coal Ash Actions Hurt President’s Re-election?
            Proposed coal ash disposal regulations figure prominently in a recent article that assesses whether the Environmental Protection Agency is hurting President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects two years from now.  &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Oct 04, 2010 @ 07:23
Stressing Conservation at Louisville Coal Ash Public Hearing
            Citizens for Recycling First continues to attend every EPA coal ash public hearing to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to disposal. At the most recent hearing in Louisv...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 28, 2010 @ 10:29
Providing More Perspective at Pittsburgh Coal Ash Public Hearing
            Citizens for Recycling First continues to attend every EPA coal ash public hearing to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to disposal. At the most recent hearing in Pittsb...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 22, 2010 @ 05:25
Clearing Up Misconceptions at Coal Ash Public Hearings
             Citizens for Recycling First continues to attend every EPA coal ash public hearing to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to disposal. At the most recent hearing in ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 16, 2010 @ 06:11
Fourth EPA Coal Ash Hearing Held; Additional Hearing Scheduled
            Citizens for Recycling First testified at the fourth coal ash public hearing sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency – continuing the drive to encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to d...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 14, 2010 @ 03:36
EPA Offers Explanation of C2P2 Program Suspension
            Three months after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unilaterally suspended the Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2), the Agency finally attempted to explain its actions to program partners.   &n...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 10, 2010 @ 03:04
EPA Public Hearings Continue and We Are Speaking Out
            Citizens for Recycling First continues to attend every EPA coal ash public hearing to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative to disposal.      ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 08, 2010 @ 01:52
Sierra Club Spends Big $$$ on Coal Ash Hearings
            Environmental activists like to portray themselves as Davids battling corporate Goliaths, but they are clearly the big spenders during public hearings on proposed Environmental Protection Agency coal ash disposal rules. ...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 07, 2010 @ 08:23
Citizens for Recycling First Speak Out at EPA Hearings
            Public hearings on proposed coal ash disposal rules have commenced and Citizens for Recycling First is attending every hearing to support actions that encourage recycling as a safe, environmentally preferable alternative t...
Read More posted by: on: Sep 03, 2010 @ 11:15
More Coal Ash Hearings Added and Comment Deadline Extended
            Citizens concerned about protecting coal ash recycling now have more opportunities to make their voices heard.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added public hearings in two more cities – Pittsburgh and L...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 26, 2010 @ 07:22
Another Expert Report Finds No Health Impacts from Coal Ash Spill
            An expert medical study of 214 people who live near the Kingston, Tennessee, coal ash spill has concluded they have suffered no serious health effects from the incident and are not expected to develop health problems in th...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 18, 2010 @ 06:34
’60 Minutes’ Attacks Coal Ash (Again)
            Television news program 60 Minutes repeated a nearly year-old attack on coal ash August 15 without making any effort to update incomplete or misleading aspects of its report.        &n...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 16, 2010 @ 09:05
Citizens for Recycling First Rebuts Misleading Newspaper Editorial
            A newspaper editorial in the August 3 Roanoke Times that badly mischaracterizes the coal ash disposal regulation issue has drawn a response from Citizens for Recycling First.        &n...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 06, 2010 @ 03:14
EPA Restores C2P2 Web Site (In a Place No One May Ever See It…)
            The Coal Combustion Products Partnership web site is accessible on the Internet again – but the Environmental Protection Agency has hidden it in a location not likely to be seen by many people.     &...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 05, 2010 @ 03:03
Top Ten Things You Can Do to Protect Coal Ash Recycling!
            A frequent question to Citizens for Recycling First is: “What specific things can I do to support coal ash recycling?”  In the spirit of checklists, here’s the Top Ten:        &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 04, 2010 @ 03:37
OSU Professor: ‘New fly ash regulations threaten sustainable concrete’
            The director of Oregon State University’s Green Building Materials Laboratory has warned that a proposal to designate coal ash as “hazardous waste” when it is disposed “…comes with a certain public stigma associated with i...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 04, 2010 @ 10:54
EPA Officials Sit on Hands as Radical Attacks on Coal Ash Recycling Intensify
            A Washington DC activist group is demanding that the federal government ban the use of coal ash in federal construction projects – despite the fact that official federal policy since 1983 has been to encourage the practice...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 03, 2010 @ 06:47
Dozens of Congress Members Oppose 'Hazardous' Coal Ash Proposal
Before leaving Washington last week to begin their summer recess, more than 180 members of Congress sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency opposing any form of “hazardous” designation for coal ash. At least four letters were sent showing strong bipartisan opposition to EP...
Read More posted by: on: Aug 02, 2010 @ 04:27
Activist Groups Mislead People into Supporting ‘Hazardous’ Coal Ash Label
            Major anti-coal environmental groups have set a goal to generate 50,000 letters supporting a “hazardous” designation for coal ash. But they’re not telling people this action could badly damage recycling efforts while provi...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 30, 2010 @ 05:38
‘Citizens’ to Participate in Five Public Hearings Across the U.S.
            If you live near Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, or Washington DC, you will have a chance to help Citizens for Recycling First stand up for coal ash recycling.          &n...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 29, 2010 @ 05:01
More Recycling Supporters Object to EPA Suspending Coal Ash Program
            One of America’s most prominent demonstrations of coal ash recycling technologies has formally objected to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to suspend participation in the Coal Combustion Products Partnership...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 28, 2010 @ 05:24
EPA Admits Landfills Will Improve Faster Without Hazardous Tag
            In proposing two potential approaches for coal ash disposal regulation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency admits that new landfill standards can be enacted years earlier if the agency does not seek to designate coal...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 27, 2010 @ 05:11
Congressional Hearing Highlights Threat to Coal Ash Recycling
            A House of Representatives subcommittee has heard testimony regarding the benefits of recycling coal ash and the dangers posed by a current Environmental Protection Agency proposal.       &...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 26, 2010 @ 03:27
As Obama Reaches Out to Business, His EPA Threatens a Recycling Industry
White House representatives have gone out of their way recently to claim that the Obama administration is not anti-business, even as the President’s own Environmental Protection Agency appears resolved to turn a deaf ear to the concerns of dozens of small businesses that recycle coal ash...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 13, 2010 @ 06:29
EPA Coal Ash Proposal Boils Down to Federal Turf Grab
            New engineering standards for coal ash landfills would be essentially the same under two scenarios presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  So why does one of the scenarios risk damaging coal ash recycl...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 12, 2010 @ 08:37
EPA 'Re-Evaluates' Partnership without Bothering to Tell its Partners
            For all of its high-minded talk about “transparency” and “community involvement,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a funny way of treating people it calls “partners.”  Without saying a word to the more than...
Read More posted by: on: Jul 07, 2010 @ 04:39
Environmentalists Show True Colors on EPA’s Proposed Coal Ash Rules
            Anti-coal environmental activists devoted to declaring coal ash a “hazardous waste” show disdain for recycling in a recent analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed approaches to regulating coal ash disposal. ...
Read More posted by: on: Jun 09, 2010 @ 04:30
EPA Quietly Turns Its Back on Coal Ash Recycling
            While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to give lip service to its support of coal ash recycling, the agency has quietly suspended its participation in a key program that promotes the practice.  &n...
Read More posted by: on: May 28, 2010 @ 10:00
Leaked Document Shows Federal Agencies Also Oppose EPA Coal Ash Plan
            A document posted on a public web site “in error” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that numerous departments of the federal government have serious objections to EPA’s proposed “hazardous waste” approach for c...
Read More posted by: on: May 25, 2010 @ 05:55
Despite Publicity, One of EPA’s Regulatory Approaches is Still “Hazardous”
            In announcing two potential regulatory “approaches” for coal ash disposal, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was scrupulous about not using the word “hazardous.” But a “hazardous waste” designation is exactly what o...
Read More posted by: on: May 05, 2010 @ 08:47
EPA Supports Coal Ash Recycling While Issuing Regulatory Options
            U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials voiced strong support for recycling coal ash today as they formally announced that they are considering two approaches to regulating coal ash disposal.    &n...
Read More posted by: on: May 04, 2010 @ 01:41
Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Coal Ash Recycling
            Today marks three months since Citizens for Recycling First was formed.  If you haven’t had a chance to read every blog post, here’s a handy guide to some of the most important topics: 10. Nobody’s been hurt at that...
Read More posted by: on: May 01, 2010 @ 11:21
EPA Finds No Public Health Threat at Site ’60 Minutes’ Profiled
            The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Final Site Inspection Report for the Battlefield Golf Club Site showing “…there is no significant threat to public health or the environment from site related contamina...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 23, 2010 @ 09:12
Remember Coal Ash Recycling’s Contributions This Earth Day
Today is “Earth Day” in celebrations across the world – and a good time to remember the contributions that coal ash recycling makes in improving our environment. It’s a fact that almost half of America’s electricity is generated by burning coal. That figure is not likely to change...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 22, 2010 @ 12:33
Who’s Really ‘Breaking Down the Door’ to the White House?
            A favorite deception by anti-coal environmental groups – and one that news reporters have yet to even attempt to fact check – is the idea that “industry” is somehow wielding undue influence behind closed doors at the White...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 16, 2010 @ 02:35
Industry Formally Supports Federal Regulation of Coal Ash Disposal
            America’s foremost association of electric utilities, coal ash recyclers, and allied industries has formally endorsed federal oversight of coal ash disposal – debunking environmentalist claims that industry is trying to ev...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 15, 2010 @ 02:42
Beware Misplaced Statistics Regarding Coal Ash Risks
Mark Twain popularized the saying that “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” It’s the last kind that forms the foundation of environmental activist attacks on coal ash. “The EPA also found that the cancer risk for children exposed to arsenic in drinking w...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 09, 2010 @ 02:48
Environmental Groups Say They Support Recycling. But Do They Really?
            In a draft letter to President Barack Obama, environmental activist groups say they support the recycling of coal ash. That’s good news. It would be even better news if they actually showed that support somewhere other tha...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 07, 2010 @ 05:09
Help Citizens for Recycling First on Facebook Today!
            More than 1,000 individual citizens have signed up as supporters on the www.recylingfirst.org web site since it was launched in February.  Now our presence on Facebook is growing, too. As of Tuesday, 840 people were r...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 06, 2010 @ 04:34
Who Are the Fools Here? Sierra Club Launches Disgusting April 1 “Joke”
            While coal ash recyclers are in a fight for survival against attacks by anti-coal “environmentalists,” the Sierra Club is spending big bucks on an April Fools’ Day joke that is neither clever nor funny. (“Environmentalists...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 01, 2010 @ 07:10
One-Third of Congress Members Speak Up to Support Coal Ash Recycling
            In a letter to President Barack Obama, 121 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have urged the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate coal ash disposal only as a non-hazardous material.  House members si...
Read More posted by: on: Apr 01, 2010 @ 03:31
Don’t Like Your Test Results? Just Get a Different Test!
            When confronted with the fact that coal ash does not qualify as a “hazardous waste” based on standard accepted laboratory tests, anti-coal environmental activists have a simple answer:  Find a test that gives differe...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 30, 2010 @ 06:47
Fear Sells: Outrageous Attacks Like This One Fuel the Coal Ash Debate
            Anti-coal environmental groups are becoming increasingly creative in their attacks on coal ash – completely ignoring the environmental benefits of recycling while making claims that become more outlandish by the day. Consi...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 29, 2010 @ 04:44
EPA Wants ‘Strong State Partnerships.’ Here’s a Good Place to Start.
One of seven “key themes” established by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is “Building Strong State and Tribal Partnerships.”  Now she has an opportunity to make good on that theme by listening to what the states are saying about coal ash disposal. This week, the Environmental Cou...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 26, 2010 @ 03:26
Enviro Groups Look to ‘Rolling Stone’ and ‘GQ’ for Scientific Validation
            Anti-coal environmental groups are lobbying Congress attempting to silence mounting concerns over their proposals to regulate coal ash disposal as “hazardous waste.” In doing so, they are suggesting people review recent ar...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 25, 2010 @ 05:29
It Matters What You Call Coal Ash. Guess Who Says So?
            No one wants to be responsible for damaging a recycling program that prevents millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year. So proponents of a “hazardous” designation for coal ash when it is disposed often claim...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 23, 2010 @ 07:20
Who Are the Real Big Guys Behind the Scenes?
            Environmental activists are fond of spinning David vs. Goliath tales and the current coal ash disposal debate is no exception. But a closer examination shows that the roles should probably be reversed.    ...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 18, 2010 @ 08:31
New Information Resource Available on Recyclingfirst.org
            Citizens for Recycling First has expanded its web site to include dozens of important documents related to coal ash recycling and regulatory proposals that threaten to undo decades of progress in using this important resou...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 15, 2010 @ 06:32
Do Something Green for St. Patrick’s Day!
Since Citizens for Recycling First formed in early February, nearly 1,000 individuals have signed up on this web site as supporters – not to mention nearly 400 fans on Facebook and Twitter. But we need more!             The U.S...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 11, 2010 @ 05:17
How Many Lawyers Does It Take to Ruin a Recycling Industry?
            Anti-coal environmental activists are eager to label coal ash as “hazardous,” but there is another group that would be happy to see that take place: personal injury lawyers.        &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 09, 2010 @ 05:15
Western Governors Speak Against Enviro Proposals for Coal Ash
            On Friday, the Western Governors’ Association became the latest organization of local and state elected officials to oppose a hazardous designation for coal ash that is being disposed.      &nbs...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 08, 2010 @ 05:21
Which is Worse: Coal Ash or Your Household Trash?
            Environmental groups are strident in demanding a “hazardous waste” designation and federal regulation for coal ash disposal.  But how does it compare to municipal solid waste – a material safely handled by local ...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 04, 2010 @ 02:28
Fighting Self Fulfilling Prophecies
            One of the great dangers of the current coal ash regulatory debate is that inaccurate phrases like “hazardous” and “toxic” become commonplace regardless of how the final regulations turn out.     &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 03, 2010 @ 01:48
When Environmentalism is Bad for the Environment
            Citizens for Recycling First got a boost from the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce this week when it weighed in to encourage its members to support coal ash regulations that will protect recycling.  The full text of ...
Read More posted by: on: Mar 02, 2010 @ 02:21
Coal Ash Debate is Really All about Coal
            Among the many things environmental activist groups don’t say out loud is this: The current focus on coal ash disposal is really not about coal ash – it’s about coal.         &nbs...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 25, 2010 @ 06:39
Fanning the Stigma Flames
            Yesterday’s ash blog showed how architects and engineers won’t take the time to sort out whether coal ash is “hazardous.” But it gets worse. Competing product manufacturers stand ready to fan the flames of uncertainty that...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 24, 2010 @ 05:58
A Prime Example That the Stigma Is Real
            Anti-coal environmental activists keep telling the EPA that it’s OK to label coal ash “hazardous when disposed” because people will still want to recycle it.  Here’s an excellent example of just how disconnected from ...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 23, 2010 @ 05:55
Another Rational Voice for Coal Ash Disposal Regulations
            Another newspaper has concluded that environmental extremism is behind the move to designate coal ash as “hazardous” when disposed.  On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review published the editorial reprinted below.&...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 22, 2010 @ 05:36
Leading Governor Tells the Whole Story of Coal Ash Debate
            The chorus of local, state and federal officials concerned about EPA’s potential designation of coal ash as “hazardous” has just added a powerful new voice.  West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, who serves as Chairman...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 19, 2010 @ 02:04
Citizens Join EPA Program Promoting Coal Ash Recycling
            Citizens for Recycling First has applied for membership in the Environmental Protection Agency’s C2P2 program – highlighting that the EPA continues to actively support recycling of coal ash even while the agency considers...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 17, 2010 @ 05:24
Fact and Fiction of Environmental Activist Rhetoric
            The past two “Ash Blogs” have pointed out how environmental groups use inaccurate emotional rhetoric to frighten people about coal ash. Here are a few more fictions being spun by the activist group Earthjustice as it urges...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 16, 2010 @ 04:28
Enviros Argue Process to Move Faulty Coal Ash Policy
Saturday marked 120 days since the EPA submitted its draft coal ash disposal regulation to the White House for review – prompting special interests to begin crying for its public release regardless of the consequences. In other words, “Damn the babies, throw out the bathwater!” In thi...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 15, 2010 @ 05:11
What Health Experts Say About Coal Ash
Environmental activist group Earthjustice frequently refers to coal ash as a “known threat to our health and environment.” But what do public health experts find when they actually study the material? Answer: Quite a different story. Here’s the kind of rhetoric Earthjustice is using r...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 12, 2010 @ 03:39
Coal Ash Recycling = Billions in Economic Benefits
Utilization of coal combustion products (CCPs), including coal ash, contributes between $6.4 billion and $11.4 billion in annual economic benefits to the U.S. economy according to a study recently released by the American Coal Council. These benefits include revenues ...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 11, 2010 @ 05:22
Coal Ash Disposal Not So Hazardous After All?
Last June’s publication of a list of 44 “high hazard” coal ash disposal sites caused quite a stir.  But guess what? The EPA now says none of those sites pose an immediate safety threat.             After the failure of a coal...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 10, 2010 @ 05:03
All the News The New York Times Won’t Print
On January 20, The New York Times published an editorial endorsing a hazardous waste designation for coal ash.  Here’s one of the rebuttals the Times declined to print, this one authored by the president of Headwaters Resources – a leading recycler of coal ash.    ...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 08, 2010 @ 05:23
Is Obama Overlooking Clean Coal We Already Have?
            Advocates of a diverse and reliable energy infrastructure were heartened last week when President Obama mentioned Clean Coal in his State of the Union address.  The subject got another boost on Wednesday when he issue...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 05, 2010 @ 12:35
Toxic Propaganda
Since the failure of a Tennessee coal ash disposal pond over a year ago, the phrase “toxic coal ash” has become a favorite of environmental news reporters everywhere.  Too bad most of them have never bothered to consider what “toxic” really means.      &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 04, 2010 @ 11:40
Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater
 On December 22, 2008, a containment dike at a Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash disposal pond failed, spilling about a billion gallons of sludge over 300 acres and into a nearby river.  Calls for tougher regulation of coal ash disposal immediately followed. Then the ironie...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 03, 2010 @ 08:56
Who Gets to Be a “Citizen?”
            Isn’t it funny how “special interest groups” always seem to be up to no good while “citizen groups” seem to have truth and honorable intentions on their side?  At least that’s the connotation.    &nb...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 02, 2010 @ 12:24
Time to Act on Coal Ash!
Thursday was the “Coal Ash Day of Action” – and we are answering the call!             Coal Ash Day of Action was the brainchild of the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, ...
Read More posted by: on: Feb 01, 2010 @ 11:19