February 2011

Proposed EPA Coal Ash Rule Drawing Heat from Industry

(Courier Press 2-20-2011) A House committee reviewing a laundry list of federal regulations that industry representatives deem excessive is taking a look at a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule that could result in coal ash being declared a hazardous waste.
 
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, operating under a new Republican majority, solicited input from business groups regarding regulations standing in the way of economic expansion. Of the 201 responses the panel received, at least 13 cited the EPA's attempt to control coal ash.

TVA to Convert Kingston Gypsum from Wet to Dry Storage

(Chattanooga Times 2-19-2011) Less than a year after installing new coal scrubbers at its Kingston Fossil Plant, TVA is spending $53 million to change the way it handles the gypsum ash produced in the process.T VA directors on Friday agreed to build a new gypsum dewatering facility in Kingston, where ash leaks over the past two years have polluted the nearby Emory and Clinch Rivers.
 

ENVIRONMENT AND THE ECONOMY SUBCOMMITTEE LEARNS OF BURDENSOME ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS STIFLING JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

 (Waste Management World 2-15-2011) The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Environment and the Economy Subcommittee today held a hearing on "Environmental Regulations, the Economy, and Jobs." The panel, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), examined how and whether federal regulatory agencies are conducting the type of economic analysis necessary for policymakers to understand how regulations affect employers' ability to retain workers and hire new ones, and avoid unnecessary cost burdens.