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EPA has two proposals to deal with coal ash disposal

EPA has two proposals to deal with coal ash disposal

State Department of Environmental Quality will consider options



Published: May 5, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Tuesday the first national rules for the disposal of ash from coal-fired power plants. But the agency did not designate a specific option.

Instead the agency proposed two competing rules, neither of which would classify the by-product of coal combustion as a hazardous waste. The EPA then opened a 90-day comment period. No deadline was given on when a final determination will be made.

Environmental groups had pushed the EPA to declare coal ash a hazardous waste because it can contain arsenic, cadmium and mercury, which can cause cancer and have other serious health effects.

Coal industry groups have argued that classifying coal ash as hazardous would hinder recycling, raise consumer energy costs and increase the amount of coal ash in disposal sites... FULL ARTICLE

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