June 2010

AGENCY WEIGHS FLY ASH CONCRETE STIGMA VS. BROADER COAL ASH HAZARDOUS WASTE LABEL

(Concrete Products 6-21-2010) In its proposed regulation of power plants’ coal combustion residuals (CCR) under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA), EPA acknowledges potential backlash a hazardous waste designation might have on beneficial uses of concrete.
 

EPA OPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON COAL ASH DESIGNATION, DISPOSAL RULE

(Concrete Products 6-21-2010) In the June 21 Federal Register, EPA formally proposes a rule maintaining provisions for beneficial use of fly ash in concrete and other construction materials, but significantly tightening existing regulations’ treatment of nonconstruction-grade coal ash. The notice, “Management System; Identification and Listing of Special Wastes; Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals [CCR] From Electric Utilities," opens a public comment period through September 20.
 

AZ Utilities Opposing Proposed US Coal-Ash Rule

(Arizona Daily Star 6-20-2010) Tucson Electric Power Co. and other coal-burning Arizona utilities are opposing proposed federal rules that would designate coal ash as a hazardous waste, calling them costly and unnecessary. Spurred by the disastrous failure of a dam holding back millions of cubic yards of wet coal ash in Tennessee in 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last month it was proposing for public comment two plans for regulating coal ash storage and disposal.