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(Knoxville News Sentinel 9-14-09) Roane County communities will receive $40 million from TVA to be used toward economic development as part of a Tennessee Valley Authority effort to help the county recover from the Dec. 22 Kingston coal fly-ash spill, TVA and county officials announced today. TVA and Roane County leaders have established the Roane County Economic Development Foundation to administer the fund.
(Associated Press 9-14-09) For a Tennessee community that fears being forever linked to one of the country's worst environmental disasters, an estimated $1 billion being spent to clean up a massive coal ash spill that flooded its lakeside homes isn't enough. Roane County leaders want millions more dollars to repair their economy and image after 5.4 million cubic yards of toxin-laden muck breached a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22.
I understand that you will soon make a decision how to best regulate coal combustion byproducts (CCBs). This decision will have major consequences for the nation's electric power sector, transportation infrastructure, hazardous waste management capabilities, and the Obama Administration's stated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
We understand that EPA is evaluating its regulatory options for the management of coal combustion byproducts (CCBs) and plans to propose federal management standards for CCBs by the end of the year. This issue involves an important component of the nation's overall energy policy as EPA's decision could affect electricity costs from coal-fired plants, the continued viability of CCB beneficial use practices (which plays a significant role in the reduction of greenhouse gases), and the ability of certain power plants to remain in service.
TVA contracted with AECOM, one of the nation’s leading geo-technical engineering firms, in January to perform a very detailed root cause analysis to determine the cause of the ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. The findings and analysis were part of a comprehensive six-month report made public today by AECOM.
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the trade association representing concrete producers in the United States, is opposed to a potential ruling by the U.S. EPA that would regulate fly ash as a hazardous waste material. Such regulation could have the perverse impact of limiting beneficial uses of the material, therefore increasing wasted stockpiles that pose the very risks that EPA aims to mitigate.
Subject: Comment and Suggestion on Proposed Change of Classification for Fly Ash
Dear Mr. Hale:
AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials
As one of the world’s leading authorities on concrete technology, the American Concrete Institute (ACI) urges the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to consider the technical and sustainability implications of classifying fly ash as a "hazardous waste" under subtitle C of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). It is ACI’s opinion that designating fly ash as a "hazardous waste" will result in little or no fly ash being used in concrete in the US.