EPA Holding Public Hearings on ‘Coal Ash’ Proposal
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding seven public hearings in August and September on its proposal to regulate the disposal of “coal ash,” a byproduct of coal-fired power production. Coal ash first became a part of the public discourse following a massive spill of the substance from a containment pond in Tennessee in 2008. A break in the pond spilled more than 1 billion gallons of coal ash, which included a number of potentially toxic metals.
According to the EPA, its coal ash proposal will “ensure for the first time that protective controls, such as liners and ground water monitoring, are in place at new landfills to protect groundwater and human health.” In addition, “The proposed regulations will ensure stronger oversight of the structural integrity of impoundments and promote environmentally safe and desirable forms of recycling coal ash, known as beneficial uses.”
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