Coal Ash Recycling
(KFYR-TV News Story 8-3-2012) North Dakota`s two Senators introduced legislation that would require coal ash to be recycled and regulated at the state level. Something that is already happening in North Dakota.
Coal ash is a by-product of coal-based electricity generation. It can be recycled and turned into construction material for roads and buildings.
The Lignite Energy Council says the law wouldn`t change much for coal plants in North Dakota.
"It would change it if the EPA changed its mind actually and then regulated fly ash as a hazardous waste. This particular bill does just the opposite. It says that fly ash can be used for beneficial purposes, but it needs to be regulated on the state level," said Vice President of Communications Steve Van Dyke.
The State Health Department already regulates coal ash, and will continue doing so.
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