February 2010

The War on Coal-Ash: Time for a Rethink

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is soon expected to make a decision that could have an enormous impact on coal-fired power plants across the nation and, by extension, on the cost of energy and building materials. No, we’re not talking about greenhouse gas regulations here. The question that USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson must answer is this: Should the ash generated from the burning of coal be classified as a hazardous waste or not? It’s a decision that has the potential to pile more costs onto the price of energy at a time we can least afford it.

The Value of Coal Combustion Products: An Economic Assessment of CCP Utilization for the U.S. Economy

The American Coal Council and author John Ward published "The Value of Coal Combustion Products: An Economic Assessment of CCP Utilization for the U.S. Economy" on January 20, 2010.
 
Executive Summary
 
Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) - including fly ash, bottom ash, and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) material - represent a strategic resource for the United States that has been steadily growing in utilization since the 1950's.