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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.

Citizens for Recycling First filed a 20-page comment letter with the EPA. (You can download a copy of it here: http://www.recyclingfirst.org/pdfs/54.pdf.) The comment letter was in addition to comments Citizens for Recycling First made at each of the eight public hearings held by EPA around the nation last fall.

Furthermore, individual citizens using the Citizens for Recycling First "Action Alert" feature sent a total of 3,523 comments to EPA asking the Agency to encourage recycling of coal ash and avoid stigmatizing the resource by unnecessarily labeling it "hazardous waste" when destined for disposal.

EPA has given no indication of how long it will take to review the comments it received regarding its proposed regulations. It is important to note that EPA has no legislative or judicial mandate or deadline to act on the coal ash issue. The Agency must consider the voluminous public comments it received and formulate a proposed final rule for consideration by other federal agencies before any new regulations could be enacted.

Posted by: on: Dec 12, 2010 @ 06:23