January 2010

Fear Tactics Threaten One of America's Greatest Recycling Success Stories

(PR Newswire 1-25-10) Every year the United States produces about 70 million tons of fly ash from coal-fired power plants. This material has physical and chemical properties that make it an ideal substance for making concrete. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promotes recycling fly ash and other byproducts of coal combustion through its Coal Combustion Products Partnership, a consortium of governmental and industry groups.

New Fly Ash-to-Bricks Plant in Operation in Racine

(Chicago Tribune 1-18-2010) CALEDONIA, Wis. - CalStar, the start-up company that turns We Energies fly ash into architectural bricks and pavers, is now in production.
Company officials publicly celebrated that fact last week at CalStar. According to the company conceived in Silicon Valley, its bricks and pavers:
--Use 40 percent recycled content.
--Emit 85 percent less carbon dioxide than standard kiln-fired bricks.
--Require 85 percent less energy to manufacture.

Recycling Questions Complicate EPA Coal Ash Decision

(NYT 1-13-2010) More than a year after 1 billion or so gallons of water polluted by ash spilled from a coal-burning power plant in Tennessee, the Obama administration is struggling to decide whether to declare such waste "hazardous."

White House, EPA at Odds Over Coal-Waste Rules

(Wall Street Journal 1-9-2010) The Obama administration is engaged in an unusual internal spat as the White House and Environmental Protection Agency tussle over how to handle millions of tons of waste from coal-fired power plants.

Obama Awards $21 Million in Stimulus Tax Breaks for Wisconsin Manufacturers

(Biz Times 1-8-2010) President Barack Obama today announced that his administration is awarding $2.3 billion in tax credits to the private sector for clean energy manufacturing projects across the country, including seven companies in Wisconsin that will receive $21 million in tax breaks.