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(Common Dreams.org 1-27-10) For years U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publications and reports about uses and dangers of coal combustion waste have been edited by coal ash industry representatives, according to EPA documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
(1-20-2010) Your January 20 editorial “The Coal Ash Case” is incomplete and if government status quo is any indicator quite misleading. To be complete please consider these facts.
(NYT Editorial 1-18-2010) Just more than a year ago, one billion tons of toxic coal sludge broke loose from a containment pond belonging to the Tennessee Valley Authority, burying hundreds of acres of Roane County in eastern Tennessee and threatening local water supplies and air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency immediately promised new national standards governing the disposal of coal ash to replace a patchwork of uneven — and in many cases weak — state regulations.
During a recent meeting with EPA and OMB officials Separation Technologies recommended enforcement under Section 7003 of RCRA, which provides the EPA Administrator with broad authority to issue unilateral administrative orders requiring facilities to take actions “as may be necessary” in the event that any waste poses an “imminent and substantial endangerment.”