February 2010

Coal Ash a Beneficial Resource If Safety Concerns Are Put First, According to West Virginia Governor

(Huntington News 2-13-2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is expected to propose new federal rules that would designate coal ash — a byproduct of using coal to generate electricity — as a “hazardous” waste. Such a decision would cause significant economic and environmental damage and I implore the EPA to evaluate the facts about coal ash recycling before making a decision. 

Army Corp of Engineers Uses Fly Ash to Battle Flooding

(KETV 2-9-10) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is racing the clock as it builds a new line of defense along the Platte and Elkhorn rivers. They are trying to complete their work before the ice melts, bringing the potential for flooding. On Monday, the Corps was shoring up the levee where Salt Creek meets the Platte River.
 

ENVIRONMENTALS, EPA CLASH OVER FLY ASH

(CemWeek.com 2-8-10) While the U.S. EPA claims recycling fly ash is a 'national priority,' environmental groups fight to gain 'hazardous' and 'toxic' labels for the waste product. The debate over fly ash continues as the EPA struggles to overcome environmental groups' very public labels for fly ash and gain industrial acceptance for the waste product. Salt River Materials Group reports that the EPA “promotes recycling fly ash and other byproducts of coal combustion through its Coal Combustion Products Partnership.”
 

Illinois Congressmen Seeks to Limit Coal Ash Regulation

(Chicago Tribune 2-4-10) A bipartisan group of Illinois congressmen warned the White House on Thursday that federal regulation of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, could devastate Illinois' economy. Four Democrats and four Republicans, including several from the Chicago suburbs, told the Office of Management and Budget in a letter that regulating coal ash as hazardous material would impost "steep costs" on Illinois energy consumers, who draw much of their power from coal.
 

EPA Releases Electric Utility Plans to Improve Safety of Coal Ash Impoundments

(EPA 2-4-10) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released action plans developed by 22 electric utility facilities with coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer. The action plans are a response to EPA’s assessment reports on the structural integrity of these impoundments that the agency made public last September.