June 2013

EPA Suggests Less-Stringent Approach On Coal Ash, Bolstering Industry

(Clean Energy Report 04-23-2013) EPA says it is leaning toward regulating coal ash as a “solid waste” rather than as a “hazardous waste” subject to strict waste management rules, a move that is winning praise from industry groups concerned about the likely cost of stringent requirements and the uncertainty created by the agency's lengthy rulemaking process.
 

Coal-Ash Recyclers Seen Aided in EPA’s Water-Discharge Plan

(Bloomberg.com 04-22-2013) Headwaters Inc. (HW) and other companies that recycle waste from coal-fired power plants may benefit from less-restrictive rules that U.S.

Concrete Moves for Carbon Reduction

(The Construction Index 04-12-2013) Ash produced at coal-fired power stations is helping to improve the sustainability of concrete. Dr Robert Carroll from the UK Quality Ash Association explains how. Concrete is one of the most important construction materials there is. The worldwide use of concrete today is more than double that of wood, plastic, steel and aluminium combined. But it is one of the most carbon intensive industries on the planet and it is under increasing pressure to change the way it operates.

Subcommittee Discusses Draft Coal Ash Legislation in Effort to Preserve Jobs

 (Energy Commerce 04-11-2013) WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), today held a hearing on the discussion draft of H.R. __, the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act of 2013. Today’s hearing builds on the subcommittee’s work last Congress to set up a state-based regulatory program for the safe management, reuse, and disposal of coal residuals. The draft bill mirrors the text of S. 3512 in the 112th Congress, which was introduced in the Senate with strong bipartisan support, and is similar to Rep.

Green Groups and Industry Agree We Need to Solve Coal Ash Problem Now

(Roll Call 04-09-2013) In an April 1 Roll Call op-ed, “McCarthy’s Work at EPA Should Start With Backing Off Coal Ash,” Kirk Benson, the chairman and CEO of Headwaters Inc., America’s largest manager and marketer of building products made from coal fly ash, called out the Environmental Protection Agency for the needless and self-inflicted delay of its rule-making to establish national standards for the disposal of coal ash, the second-largest industrial waste stream in the nation. We could not agree more.