EPA affirms pH 12.5 corrosivity; averts new cement, concrete handling burdens

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally denied a 2011 rulemaking petition that sought to “revise the regulatory threshold for defining waste as corrosive from the current value of pH 12.5, to pH 11.5; and expand the scope of the Resource Conservation and Recovery…

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Industry assesses fly ash designation measures, EPA Clean Power Plan

The U.S. House of Representatives passed “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015,” (H.R. 1734) in a bipartisan 258-166 vote. Sponsored by Rep. David McKinley, (R-WV), it codifies the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to regulate fly ash and other coal combustion residuals (CCR) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) “solid” versus “hazardous” waste provisions.

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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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