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(Chicago Tribune 1-18-2010) CALEDONIA, Wis. - CalStar, the start-up company that turns We Energies fly ash into architectural bricks and pavers, is now in production.
Company officials publicly celebrated that fact last week at CalStar. According to the company conceived in Silicon Valley, its bricks and pavers:
--Use 40 percent recycled content.
--Emit 85 percent less carbon dioxide than standard kiln-fired bricks.
--Require 85 percent less energy to manufacture.
(NYT 1-13-2010) More than a year after 1 billion or so gallons of water polluted by ash spilled from a coal-burning power plant in Tennessee, the Obama administration is struggling to decide whether to declare such waste "hazardous."
During a recent meeting with EPA and OMB officials Separation Technologies recommended enforcement under Section 7003 of RCRA, which provides the EPA Administrator with broad authority to issue unilateral administrative orders requiring facilities to take actions “as may be necessary” in the event that any waste poses an “imminent and substantial endangerment.”
On behalf of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and Subcommittee C09.24 on Supplementary Cementitious Materials, we are writing in regards to the proposed classification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of fly ash as a "hazardous waste".
January 11, 2010
Wall Street Journal
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Subject: “White House, EPA at Odds Over Coal-Waste Rules” Saturday/Sunday, January 9-10, 2010
(Bismarck Tribune 1-10-2010) North Dakota's coal-fired plants, regulated by the state and monitored by the health department, have a history of responsible citizenship when it comes to waste. Perhaps it's because of the important legislation written in the 1970s regarding coal mining, reclamation and power plant operations. The state was proactive in defining how the lignite-related industries would behave right from the beginning. Those regulations were the result of hard-fought hearings and debates, with passionate voices for and against development. There was no easy pass.
(Wall Street Journal 1-9-2010) The Obama administration is engaged in an unusual internal spat as the White House and Environmental Protection Agency tussle over how to handle millions of tons of waste from coal-fired power plants.
(Biz Times 1-8-2010) President Barack Obama today announced that his administration is awarding $2.3 billion in tax credits to the private sector for clean energy manufacturing projects across the country, including seven companies in Wisconsin that will receive $21 million in tax breaks.
(EPA 1-7-2010) Thank you for inviting me to join you today. I’m honored to be here with Senator Graham, a thoughtful and dedicated public servant. And I’m glad to have this chance to meet with all of you – particularly at the beginning of 2010, a year in which the issues we work on are going to play a major role.