Concrete Is Remixed With Environment in Mind

(NY Times 3-30-09) Soaring above the Mississippi River just east of downtown Minneapolis is one remarkable concrete job. There on Interstate 35W, the St. Anthony Falls Bridge carries 10 lanes of traffic on box girders borne by massive arching piers, which are supported, in turn, by footings and deep pilings. The bridge, built to replace one that collapsed in 2007, killing 13 people, is constructed almost entirely of concrete embedded with steel reinforcing bars, or rebar.

Chesapeake Residents to File $1 Billion Lawsuit over Fly Ash

(Pilot Online 3-26-09) Attorneys representing nearly 400 people who live near the Battlefield Golf Club at Centerville say they will file a lawsuit Friday in Chesapeake Circuit Court seeking a jury trial and damages in excess of $1 billion. The defendants named in the suit include Dominion Virginia Power, which supplied 1.5 million tons of fly ash used to contour the golf course; CPM Virginia LLC, the developers of the course; and VFL Technology Corp., described as Dominion’s coal-ash management consultant.

Turning Coal Ash into Bridges, Buildings

(CNN 3-20-09) - Despite the destruction it caused in a massive spill near a Tennessee power plant in December, coal ash has found many uses that benefit industry and even the environment.

4,000 Gallons of Sludge Dumps into Potomac

(Washington Post 3-10-09) - About 4,000 gallons of potentially toxic fly ash sludge spilled into the Potomac River after a pipeline ruptured at a coal-burning power plant, Maryland environmental officials said Tuesday.

Concerns Over Ash Pond Pollution Grow

(USA Today 3-2-09) - The danger of combustion waste from coal-fired power plants became big news in December, when a dam holding back a mountain of ash at a Tennessee Valley Authority plant collapsed, spreading a billion gallons of sludge over several hundred acres near Knoxville.

EPA Launches Study, Review of Coal Ash Storage Sites and Regulations in Wake of Spill

(Los Angeles Times 3-9-09) - The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday launched a review of coal ash storage facilities and said it would draft regulations for coal ash by the end of the year.,1,7241603.story

Cement Companies Planning Units to be Asked to Use 25 Per Cent Fly Ash

(Business Standard 3-16-09) As a measure to promote the use of fly ash or BFS, the state government is working on an action plan to encourage the use of fly ash in brick factory, civil construction and cement plants. The action plan seeks to identify the potential fly ash generating industries, create awareness about the utilisation of fly ash and provide technological support to the units.

TVA Submits Corrective Action Plan for Ash Spill Recovery

(Environment News Service 3-9-09) The Tennessee Valley Authority last week submitted to state and federal agencies its corrective action plan for cleaning up the Emory River and surrounding lands and waters following the massive coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant December 22, 2008.This plan proposes how TVA will remove ash from the Emory River channel and store it temporarily at the Kingston plant site until a final disposal plan has been developed and approved.

TVA Could Pay $825 Million

( 2-13-09) Cleaning up the Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill could cost as much as $825 million, and the price could rise because of litigation expenses, fines and regulations.

Is Coal Ash in Soil a Good Idea?

(Scientific American 2-6-09) Crops across the country are grown in soil amended with coal fly ash—the same substance that caused a massive environmental emergency in December when it gushed from a holding pond at a Tennessee power plant. Tons of fly ash are routinely added to soil to nourish vegetables, peanuts and other crops, primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. But now the spill has raised questions about whether this longstanding agricultural practice is environmentally sound.