Environmentalists move to nix fly ash from LEED point consideration

Sources: CP staff; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), Washington, D.C.

By Don Marsh

Environmentalists’ latest weapon to undermine the use of coal in power generation follows a curious trajectory: The U.S. Green Building Council’s public comment process for LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] rating system revisions. A group comprising federal and state environmental and law enforcement agency officials, PEER contends that construction-grade fly ash—the most widely used coal combustion residual (CCR)—should not qualify as a recycled material in the LEED rating system. It conveyed that position to the USGBC, which on January 19 will close the first of two public comment periods this year toward a new LEED version in fall 2012.

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