Coal Ash Is Not Hazardous Waste under U.S. Agency Rules
Source: Scientific American, Date: December , 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued ruleson Fridaylabeling coal ash, a byproduct of
coal-based power production containing toxic materials such as arsenic and
lead, as non-hazardous waste. The label means that states, and not the EPA,
will be the primary enforcers of the new rules, which will require the closure
of some coal ash holding ponds leaking contaminants into surrounding water.
"This rule is a huge step forward in our effort to protect communities
from coal ash storage impoundment failures as well as the improper management and
disposal of coal ash in general," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy,
speaking on a conference call with reporters.