May 2010

E.P.A.’s Plan to Regulate Coal Ash Draws Criticism

(New York Times 5-4-2010) The Environmental Protection Agency issued a long-awaited proposal Tuesday to regulate coal ash, the toxic byproduct of burning coal to produce power. But the agency deferred a decision on whether to treat it as hazardous waste, drawing criticism from environmentalists who had hoped for a stronger stance.

EPA Proposes Coal Ash Rule, Sets Time for Comment

 (Associated Press 5-4-2010) The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed regulating coal ash, possibly as a kind of hazardous waste, while phasing out wet storage impoundments. It would allow coal byproducts to be used in concrete, wallboard and other building materials.