August 2013

Coal Ash Bill Clears House with 265–155 Vote, Heads to Senate

(POWERnews 07-31-2013) Coal ash legislation that would protect the recycling of coal ash and gives states the authority to set their own standards for the disposal of fly ash with oversight from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week cleared the House by a vote of 265–155. The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 (H.R. 2218) introduced by Rep. David B. McKinley (R-W.V.), a professional engineer, passed the House on July 25 with the support of 39 Democrats and 226 Republicans.

Ester man experiments with coal fly ash

 ( 07-29-2013) FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks has an abundance of coal fly ash, the byproduct of Interior Alaska’s many coal-fired power plants, and few places to put it.Much of the fly ash is destined to be thrown in landfills, but a small amount ends up in what was supposed to be Cole Sonafrank’s glass mosaic art studio. That’s because Sonafrank sees an opportunity, not just for himself, but for Alaska. It’s an opportunity to make a cement that is stronger, more durable, chea