May 2011

Senator Fights EPA's Proposed Rule, Works to Protect North Dakota Jobs

(Political News 5-27-2011) Senator Kent Conrad today urged President Obama to quickly finalize an Administration rule designating coal ash as a non-hazardous solid waste material. The ruling would allow for the continued beneficial use of coal ash and ensure an unnecessary burden is not placed on North Dakota's utilities.
 

Alabama Agencies Advise EPA Against Hazardous Waste Label for Coal Ash

(AL.Com 5-17-2011) Three state agencies that oversee the environment, transportation and utilities have advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal to generate electricity that is plentiful in Alabama, should not be treated as a hazardous waste.
 
In arguments that back up the position of the state's largest producer of coal ash, the three agencies warn that the more stringent rules for handling hazardous waste would impede the state's economy.
 

House GOP Pushes Different Coal Ash Debate

(The Tennessean 5-1-2011)  Last fall’s elections changed a lot more than how House lawmakers approach issues such as federal spending and the deficit. Take coal ash, for example. Democrats no longer set the agenda, as they did in 2008 when a massive coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-fired plant in Kingston led to calls for the Environmental Protection Agency to designate coal ash as a hazardous waste and tighten oversight of ash storage sites.