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(Virginia Pilot 4-23-10) After an investigation that stretched for nearly two years, a contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that contaminants found in the water under a Chesapeake golf course sculpted from fly ash pose no public health threat.
The conclusion effectively ends the federal agency's involvement and means the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville will not land on a list of the nation's most contaminated properties.
The Resolution was revised to acknowledge EPA’s CCB rulemaking effort and states that “if U.S. EPA promulgates a federal regulatory program for state CCW waste management programs, the regulations must be developed under RCRA Subtitle D rather than RCRA Subtitle C.” In addition to opposing hazardous waste regulations as unnecessary to ensure the proposed management of CCBs, ECOS confirms its position that “designating CCW a hazardous waste under RCRA Subtitle C could create stigma and liability concerns that could impact the beneficial use of CCW.”\
(Engineering News Record 4-14-2010) There’s plenty of irony in the possibility that fly ash, a by-product of coal combustion, now may be classified as a hazardous waste by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has been successfully recycled for years in what previously had been considered an environmental triumph. Punishing the sound environmental use of fly ash, especially as a substitute for cement in concrete, is the wrong direction.
(Engineering News Record 4-7-2010) Concrete groups are on tenterhooks, waiting for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to publish a proposed rule that aims to designate fly ash and other coal-combustion by-products as hazardous waste. The concrete sector is concerned even about the ramifications of a “hybrid” rule that would allow beneficial uses of CCBs to continue.Major among these beneficial uses is fly ash in concrete. The ingredient, a partial replacement for portland cement, is known to increase concrete’s constructibility, durability and sustainability.
(Oslo, Norway - 4-1-2010) -- The cement used in Oslo’s new Bjørvika tunnel kept 8,000 tonnes of CO2 from entering the environment – the equivalent of 60 million vehicle trips through the tunnel. The more environment-friendly concrete is the result of intensive research collaboration. The Norwegian concrete industry won worldwide acclaim for its gigantic North Sea constructions. Its best-known achievement was the Troll A platform in 1995 – the largest structure ever moved by man.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency is soon expected to make a decision that could have an enormous impact on coal-fired power plants across the nation and, by extension, on the cost of energy and building materials. No, we’re not talking about greenhouse gas regulations here. The question that USEPA Administrator Lisa Jackson must answer is this: Should the ash generated from the burning of coal be classified as a hazardous waste or not? It’s a decision that has the potential to pile more costs onto the price of energy at a time we can least afford it.
The American Coal Council and author John Ward published "The Value of Coal Combustion Products: An Economic Assessment of CCP Utilization for the U.S. Economy" on January 20, 2010.
Coal Combustion Products (CCPs) - including fly ash, bottom ash, and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) material - represent a strategic resource for the United States that has been steadily growing in utilization since the 1950's.
(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.