Coal Ash group counters EPA’s sprawling definition of beneficial CCR use

Sources: American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) representatives are preparing to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s move to expand the definition of beneficial uses of coal combustion residuals (CCR) during an early-October public hearing in Washington, D.C.

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EPA confirms fly ash’s concrete suitability, benign chemical profile

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Coal Ash Association, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

Five years after proposing potentially onerous regulations for coal combustion residuals (CCR) management and disposal—triggering an uproar across the concrete industry regarding ASTM C618-grade fly ash marketability—EPA has released an evaluation of recycled CCR almost certain to put lingering concerns to rest.

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Legislation protecting fly ash market, thwarting EPA reaches Senate

Sources: Citizens for Recycling First, Denver; Office of Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND); CP staff

Five Democrat and five Republican Senators have filed The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (S.1751), creating state-enforced, national disposal standards for coal ash while protecting the material from a “hazardous waste” designation.

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Report: Absent fly ash, road & bridge costs will climb $100 billion through 2030

Sources: American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

The cloud of proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations governing handling and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR), including construction-grade fly ash, compelled an ARTBA-TDF report to forecast potential economic impacts on the subtraction of ASTM C 618 product from the transportation infrastructure supply chain.

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EPA: Review continues on 450,000-plus coal ash disposal rule comments

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

EPA staff is poring over reams of responses submitted during the June–November 2010 public comment period for a proposed rule on coal ash disposal and handling. “The target date for release of a final rule will be determined, pending a full evaluation of all the information and comments received on the proposal,” the agency notes in mid-May update.

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