Army Corp of Engineers Uses Fly Ash to Battle Flooding

(KETV 2-9-10) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is racing the clock as it builds a new line of defense along the Platte and Elkhorn rivers. They are trying to complete their work before the ice melts, bringing the potential for flooding. On Monday, the Corps was shoring up the levee where Salt Creek meets the Platte River.


( 2-8-10) While the U.S. EPA claims recycling fly ash is a 'national priority,' environmental groups fight to gain 'hazardous' and 'toxic' labels for the waste product. The debate over fly ash continues as the EPA struggles to overcome environmental groups' very public labels for fly ash and gain industrial acceptance for the waste product. Salt River Materials Group reports that the EPA “promotes recycling fly ash and other byproducts of coal combustion through its Coal Combustion Products Partnership.”

Illinois Congressmen Seeks to Limit Coal Ash Regulation

(Chicago Tribune 2-4-10) A bipartisan group of Illinois congressmen warned the White House on Thursday that federal regulation of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of coal-fired power plants, could devastate Illinois' economy. Four Democrats and four Republicans, including several from the Chicago suburbs, told the Office of Management and Budget in a letter that regulating coal ash as hazardous material would impost "steep costs" on Illinois energy consumers, who draw much of their power from coal.

EPA Releases Electric Utility Plans to Improve Safety of Coal Ash Impoundments

(EPA 2-4-10) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released action plans developed by 22 electric utility facilities with coal ash impoundments, describing the measures the facilities are taking to make their impoundments safer. The action plans are a response to EPA’s assessment reports on the structural integrity of these impoundments that the agency made public last September.

Certain Teed Makes Fiber Cement Siding with 50% Fly Ash, Recycling 100,000 Tons of the Material Each Year

(Terre Haute News 2-3-10) CertainTeed has added a new in-house finished paint and coating system to its largest fiber cement siding plant in the Vigo County Industrial Park, south of Terre Haute. The new equipment began production in September, with the first shipment made on Dec. 8, said Allison J. Barlaz, director of marketing for the company. “We have a priming line, but we didn’t have a finished paint coating line. So this allows us to offer a complete solution direct from a single facility,” Barlaz said.

Coal Ash Industry Allowed to Edit EPA Reports

(Common 1-27-10) For years U.S. Environmental Protection Agency publications and reports about uses and dangers of coal combustion waste have been edited by coal ash industry representatives, according to EPA documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

Fear Tactics Threaten One of America's Greatest Recycling Success Stories

(PR Newswire 1-25-10) Every year the United States produces about 70 million tons of fly ash from coal-fired power plants. This material has physical and chemical properties that make it an ideal substance for making concrete. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency promotes recycling fly ash and other byproducts of coal combustion through its Coal Combustion Products Partnership, a consortium of governmental and industry groups.

Separation Technologies Response to "The Coal Ash Case"

(1-20-2010) Your January 20 editorial “The Coal Ash Case” is incomplete and if government status quo is any indicator quite misleading.  To be complete please consider these facts.

The Coal Ash Case

(NYT Editorial 1-18-2010) Just more than a year ago, one billion tons of toxic coal sludge broke loose from a containment pond belonging to the Tennessee Valley Authority, burying hundreds of acres of Roane County in eastern Tennessee and threatening local water supplies and air quality. The Environmental Protection Agency immediately promised new national standards governing the disposal of coal ash to replace a patchwork of uneven — and in many cases weak — state regulations.