July 2010

Proposed EPA Coal Ash Rule Could Hurt Small Firms

(Trading Markets 7-27-2010) Washington, DC - Recycling industry entrepreneurs today told a key Congressional panel they are concerned new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could stop them from converting coal-fired power plant waste into safe, ecofriendly building products. During a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business' Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Subcommittee, witnesses said the rules could raise utility rates and cause layoffs.
 

EPA to Hold Coal-Ash Hearing in Denver

(Denver Business Journal 7-24-2010) Denver will be the site of one of five public hearings nationwide that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled on proposed rules for coal ash from power plants.
 

NRMCA TELLS LAWMAKERS OF EPA-PROPOSED COAL ASH DESIGNATION PITFALLS

(Concrete Products 7-23-2010) Testifying July 22 on Capitol Hill, NRMCA President Robert Garbini noted that a potential Environmental Protection Agency plan to classify coal ash as a hazardous waste would exert a significant economic toll on producers nationwide, especially small operators, and make beneficial use of ASTM C618 material in concrete more onerous.

EPA SETS PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR PROPOSED COAL ASH DESIGNATION, DISPOSAL RULE

(Concrete Products 7-23-2010) The EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery is accepting speaker preregistration for public hearings on its proposed “Identification and Listing of Special Waste: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities” rule, whose contentious provisions have drawn sharp criticism from fly ash marketers and users. With morning, afternoon and evening sessions, the hearings are scheduled August 30–September 16 in Arlington, Va.; Denver; Dallas; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chicago.
 

Army Corps Considering Coal Ash To Fix Levees

(Business Week 7-14-2010) The Army Corps of Engineers wants to use ash cast off from coal-fired electrical generation to shore up dozens of miles of Mississippi River levees, drawing fire from environmentalists worried that heavy metals from the filler might make their way into the river.