Utility weighs 2 million ton fly ash processing project

Sources: Georgia Power, Atlanta; CP staff

Georgia Power is reviewing beneficial reuse prospects for upwards of 2 million tons of coal ash at Plant Mitchell, a retired generating station near Albany, Ga. A forthcoming contract will mark the first time in the state where coal combustion residuals from existing ponds are excavated and converted to ASTM C 618-grade fly ash.

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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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Coal ash recycling reaches record rate as production, use patterns shift

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

Sixty-four percent of the coal ash produced during 2017 was recycled, establishing a new record rate and marking the third consecutive year that more than half of such material produced in the United States was beneficially used rather than disposed.

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EPA promotes cooperation with states to advance coal ash management

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

EPA is eyeing programs that allow flexibility in individual permits to manage the safe disposal of coal combustion residuals, known as CCR or “coal ash,” and expects that implementation guidance will allow for the safe disposal and continued beneficial use of the material, while enabling states to decide what works best for their environment.

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Coal ash recycling reaches record level as production and use trends shift

Sources: American Coal Ash Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

“We are pleased to report that 52 percent of coal combustion products were beneficially used in 2015—up from the previous year’s record of 48 percent. For the first time, we are using more of these valuable resources than we are throwing away,” reports American Coal Ash Association Executive Director Tom Adams, taking stock of the central metric in the group’s latest “Production and Use Survey.”

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JUDGE COMPELS EPA TO PICK UP PACE ON LANGUISHING COAL ASH DISPOSAL RULE

A late-January federal court action establishes a December 2014 deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rulemaking, initiated in early 2009, that has created uncertainty over the regulatory status for all grades of coal ash, including ASTM C618 product. “The regulatory uncertainty that has impeded the beneficial use of coal ash for half a decade is finally coming to an end,” affirms American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) Executive Director Thomas Adams. “It now appears 2014 is the year for EPA to finally establish federal coal ash disposal guidelines under the ‘non-hazardous’ section of the law.”

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Judge compels EPA to move on languishing coal ash disposal rule

Source: American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), Farmington Hills, Mich.

A federal court action establishes a December 2014 deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a rulemaking, initiated in early 2009, that has created uncertainty over the regulatory status for all grades of coal ash, including ASTM C618 fly ash.

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Regulatory Uncertainty Drives Coal Ash Recycling To Fourth Straight Year Of Decline

Coal ash recycling in the U.S. was off 4.7 million tons in 2012 against the prior year, according to the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) “Production and Use Survey” released last month. Ash utilization has stalled after nearly a decade of growth of a practice that conserves energy and natural resources, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and safely keeps ash out of landfills and disposal ponds.

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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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