Power Plant Waste Could Be Used to Clean Up Oil From BP Disaster

(Fast Company 8-5-2010) After over 100 days, the BP oil leak finally appears to be plugged. But while the White House claims that the vast majority of oil has evaporated or been cleaned up with burning, oil skimmers, and dispersants, there is still plenty of the sticky stuff lingering just below the ocean's surface. One potential solution: power plant waste.
 

RockTron's Recycling Revolution

(Industrial Fules and Uses 8-2-2010) RockTron, an award-winning pioneer in recycling, has designed and built a new plant that can transform coal-fired power station waste, called fly ash or PFA (pulverised fuel ash), into highly valuable industrial eco-minerals. RockTron can recycle both fresh and stockpiled fly ash, reducing the need for costly and environmentally unfriendly long-term waste storage.Fly ash currently poses a huge global environmental problem, with an estimated 2bnt of fly ash currently stored in landfill sites and ash dumps worldwide, and over 100Mt in the UK alone.

New Fly Ash Regulations Threaten Sustainable Concrete

(Sustainable Concrete 8-2-2010) Concrete is the most used building material in the world. The only resource consumed in greater quantity is water. For every person on the planet approximately 35 cubic feet of concrete is produced each year.
 
The manufacture of the main binding agent in concrete, portland cement, accounts for between 5 percent and 7 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide output. Researchers are investigating many ways to reduce the carbon dioxide footprint of concrete from new manufacturing techniques to alternative binders for concrete.

Fly Ash in Cement - A Win Win Solution

(Aggregate Research 7-29-2010) Gunnar Syversten, General Manager of HeidelbergCement Northern Europe, based in Norway, discusses the use of fly ash.  As presented at the EuroCoalAsh 2010 Conference, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2010.
 
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Proposed EPA Coal Ash Rule Could Hurt Small Firms

(Trading Markets 7-27-2010) Washington, DC - Recycling industry entrepreneurs today told a key Congressional panel they are concerned new regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could stop them from converting coal-fired power plant waste into safe, ecofriendly building products. During a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business' Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Subcommittee, witnesses said the rules could raise utility rates and cause layoffs.
 

Five Things To Know if EPA Reclassifies CCR's As Hazardous Waste

(PowerGen Worldwide 7-26-2010) Coal combustion residuals currently are not classified as hazardous waste, however, that is likely to change soon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposes to regulate CCRs under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to address risks from CCR disposal at electric utilities and independent power producers. The agency is considering two options and proposing two alternative regulations, one of which would regulate CCRs under subtitle C of the act, and the other under subtitle D.

Headwaters Resources, Inc. Supports Use of Fly Ash at House Small Business Subcommittee on Rural Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade Hearing

(Trading Markets 7-26-2010) Thank you Mr. Chairman. Honorable Members of the Committee, I am Bill Gehrmann, President of Headwaters Resources, Inc., on whose behalf I am testifying today.

Bross Construction Testifies on Behalf of Fly Ash Use in Concrete

(Insurance News 7-26-2010) Bross Construction is a multi-faceted family owned construction company established in 1966. My father, two brothers and myself own and operate the company. Many of the construction services we provide involve the use of ready mix concrete, in fact we own several ready mix plants which incorporate the use of flyash. The ability to use coal ash as an additive in our ready mix concrete has lowered the cost to the consumer for concrete projects. Projects ranging from highways to driveways.

EPA to Hold Coal-Ash Hearing in Denver

(Denver Business Journal 7-24-2010) Denver will be the site of one of five public hearings nationwide that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has scheduled on proposed rules for coal ash from power plants.