September 2010

Transportation and the Environment: Greener and Cleaner Than Ever Before

(American Road and Transportation Builders Association 9-22-2010) Through the use of new technologies, innovative project design and construction techniques, cleaner-burning fuels, and intensive recycling of waste materials, the transportation sector has been the driving force behind much of the dramatic improvement in the U.S. environment over the past 40 years.  That story, documented with recent federal government and private sector data, is detailed in a new publication from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

New EPA Regulations Will Hurt Families

(Daily Caller 9-15-2010) I had the privilege of testifying yesterday here in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public hearing on their proposed coal ash regulations.
I wasn’t surprised to see hundreds of activists and ordinary citizens on both sides of the issue attend and voice their support or concerns to the EPA. The EPA’s planned regulations of coal ash, greenhouse gases, and other substances—set to begin in January—will impact all sectors of the economy and, in turn, all income levels.

Hazardous or not? The EPA should develop a hybrid model that doesn't penalize those states - like Wisconsin - that take proper care of coal ash.

( Milwaukee Sentinel 9-15-2010) The federal Environmental Protection Agency is considering two options that each would increase federal standards and scrutiny of the disposal of waste from coal-fired power plants. One option (Subtitle C in EPA parlance) would classify the waste - generally known as coal ash or fly ash - as hazardous and provide strict federal permitting and oversight of its disposal.

Liveblogging The Coal Ash Hearings - Charlotte

(Charlotte Business Journal 9-14-2010)
11:12 PM Update 
The EPA panel has closed the Charlotte coal ash hearing.
Suzanne Rudzinski, acting office director for the Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery, elaborated on an earlier comment about the turn-out today.
Charlotte had the highest number of sign-ups of hearings so far Rudzinski says, but the number of speakers in attendance dwindled as the night wore on.


 (Concrete Products 9-13-2010) A full-page Denver Post ad running the day prior to a public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rule for coal combustion residuals claims: “Ignoring the risks of toxic coal ash could come at a high cost – our children.” Anchoring the ad is the image of a baby drinking from a bottle with the words “mercury, arsenic, selenium, lead” floating inside.