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EPA has until Dec. 19 to issue final coal ash rule

From the May 7, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 7, 2014

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director
The Environmental Protection Agency faces a Dec. 19 deadline for issuing a final rule governing the disposal of coal ash as a solid waste under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, under a consent decree approved by a federal court on May 2. 

The agency proposed a coal ash regulation in 2010, but never issued a final rule. Environmental, health and community groups sued and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an Oct. 29, 2013, order directing EPA to submit a schedule for issuing the final regulation. The court in that order rejected two other requests made by environmental groups in the suit, Appalachian Voices v. U.S. EPA. Judge Reggie Walton denied their request for an order directing EPA to review and revise, if necessary, its determination that coal ash is not a hazardous waste. The judge also rejected their claim that EPA is required to review and, if needed, revise its regulation for characterizing toxicity.


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