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(EPA 12-17-2009) EPA's pending decision on regulating coal ash waste from power plants, expected this month, will be delayed for a short period due to the complexity of the analysis the agency is currently finishing.
As part of her commitment to ensuring the protection of public health and the environment regarding coal ash, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson had set a deadline to complete the regulatory decision before the close of this year. However, the agency is still actively clarifying and refining parts of the proposal.
(The Appalachian 11-12-2009) Geology professor Roy C. Sidle has received approximately $80,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research evaluating the downstream impact of the coal fly ash spill in Kingston, Tenn. An earth dike at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston power plant that held sediment for over 50 years gave way Dec. 22, releasing roughly 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry into the Emory River. The volume of the spill characterizes it as the largest in United States history.
(Aggregate Research.com 11-4-09) Amid buzz about algae biofuel and electric cars, some start-ups hope to use "green" technology to reinvent more mundane products like bricks and cement. CalStar Products Inc. plans to open a factory next month to make bricks from fly ash, a byproduct of coal burning. It claims to use roughly 85% less energy than traditional clay brick manufacturing, with an equivalent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions.
(Concrete Producer Online - October 20, 2009) For the last six years, the Sierra Club and a host of like-minded environmental groups have lobbied against coal-fired energy. They’ve been promoting information regarding the “dirty truth about coal.” The Beyond Coal campaign has effectively generated public support.
(Knoxville News Sentinel - October 18, 2009) Well over half of the electricity used by homes and businesses in the Tennessee Valley region comes from burning coal. This roughly mirrors the national use of coal, a plentiful domestic energy source that has fueled our economy and our way of life for many years.
(Columbus - October 16, 2009) An innovative project aimed at reclaiming abandoned mine lands around Ohio was authorized for funding from the Advanced Energy Job Stimulus Program at the October meeting of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority (OAQDA).
The project also will test a potential, environmentally friendly method for using and disposing of byproducts created during combustion at Ohio’s coal-based power plants.
The developer of a golf course made with coal ash speaks to TV cameras for the first time about the lawsuit against his company - against the advice of his lawyer. "My reaction to the lawsuit is that it contains more fiction that a Harry Potter novel." Neil Wallace is talking about the $2 billion dollar lawsuit claiming coal ash used to create the Battlefield Golf Course in Chesapeake is contaminating ground water with toxic metals.
After only three days on the job, the Tennessee Valley Authority's new point man for the Kingston ash spill cleanup predicted Thursday the project would be complete within three years. Steve McCracken, who was named general manager for the recovery project on Monday, said at a news conference at the Kingston Fossil Plant that the properties affected by the spill would be safe for people to return to and that he would have no qualms about living near the plant once the cleanup is finished.
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(EPA Official Report 10-2009) This report summarizes the information collected and analyzed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review discharges from the steam electric power generating industry and to determine whether the current effluent guidelines for this industry should be revised. EPA’s detailed study of wastewater discharges and treatment technologies associated with this industry evaluated a range of waste streams and processes.
Ranking members of the Oversight and Government Reform and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, are writing the Department of Transportation, to draw their attention to the negative effects of EPA's proposed decision to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. Members of congress are concerned that designating coal ash, a CCB frequently used in highway construction, as a hazardous waste could reduce the stimulus impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Please read the full letter to the Department of Transportation below.