Coal Ash

Coal ash disposal faces new hurdles

Companies may not be able to bury coal ash as easily or affordably as they’d hoped. 

Reason: Local ordinances prohibiting coal combustion residuals (CCR) may weaken EPA’s coal ash rule.

The 1st Circuit Appeals Court will determine if a local restriction on CCR disposal and reuse supercedes the federal reg.

EPA didn’t give in to green groups and upgrade CCR from a solid to hazardous waste. It did landfill and pond lining requirements to prevent leaks, as well as mandatory monitoring requirements for site owners.