Experts Weigh Threat from Coal Ash

(Louisville Courier Journal 5-6-09) A senior U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official told utility industry officials and academic researchers yesterday that national regulations on handling ash from coal-fired power plants are coming -- and they may include classifying the material as hazardous waste. Industry officials have argued against a hazardous waste classification, saying it would greatly increase the costs of disposal to companies and customers and place a stigma on growing efforts to find commercial uses for ash, such as in concrete.