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 designating it a hazardous waste when destined for disposal.

            The C2P2 program – or Coal Combustion Products Partnership – was created in 2003.  It is a cooperative effort between EPA and the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), Utility Solid Waste Activities Group (USWAG), Department of Energy (DOE), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to “promote the beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCPs) and the environmental benefits that result from their use.”

According to the C2P2 web site: “There are numerous environmental, economic, and performance benefits that result from using CCPs which is why EPA formed the C2P2 program. Environmental benefits can include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced land disposal requirements, and reduced utilization of virgin resources. Economic benefits can include reduced costs associated with coal ash and slag disposal, increased revenue from the sale of CCPs, and savings from using CCPs in place of other, more costly materials. Performance benefits can result from the physical and chemical characteristics of CCPs and include greater resistance to chemical attack, increased strength, and improved workability. For instance, high fly ash-content concrete can be used for high performance, long-life pavements which are designed to last 50 years - twice the lifetime of conventional pavements.”

By joining the C2P2 program, organizations agree to work to increase the beneficial use of CCPs, and in return are eligible for awards recognizing their activities and achievements, such as documented increases in CCP use and success stories in CCP promotion and utilization.

            Citizens for Recycling First was formed to support recycling coal ash as a safe and environmentally preferable alternative to disposal. Citizens for Recycling First actively works to correct misleading and unwarranted characterizations of coal ash as “toxic” and “hazardous.”

            Read more about the EPA’s C2P2 program here:

Posted by: on: Feb 17, 2010 @ 11:24