May 2009

Tennessee: E.P.A. to Oversee Coal Ash Cleanup

(New York Times 5-11-09) The Environmental Protection Agency will oversee the cleanup of a huge coal ash spill that brought national attention to the environmental risks of storing the power plant byproduct. The agency’s new administrator, Lisa Jackson, said the E.P.A. was taking charge and “bringing to bear its resources and expertise” under the federal Superfund law.

Experts Weigh Threat from Coal Ash

(Louisville Courier Journal 5-6-09) A senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official told utility industry officials and academic researchers yesterday that national regulations on handling ash from coal-fired power plants are coming -- and they may include classifying the material as hazardous waste. Industry officials have argued against a hazardous waste classification, saying it would greatly increase the costs of disposal to companies and customers and place a stigma on growing efforts to find commercial uses for ash, such as in concrete.

EPA Representative: Coal Ash Could be Regulated

(Associated Press 5-6-09) An Environmental Protection Agency representative is telling energy industry officials to expect regulations on how to handle ash from coal-fired power plants. That could include classifying coal ash as hazardous waste, the EPA official said. Matt Hale, director of the EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, spoke Tuesday at the World of Coal Ash conference in Lexington.