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EPA Opens Registration for Knoxville, TN Hearing on Proposed Coal Ash Regulations

Release Date: 09/22/2010
Contact Information: James Pinkney, (404) 562-9183, pinkney.james@epa.gov

(ATLANTASept. 22, 2010) On Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will host its 8th public hearing on the agency’s proposal to regulate the disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants. EPA’s proposal is the first-ever national effort to ensure the safe disposal and management of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

DATE: Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PLACE: Knoxville Marriott, 500 Hill Avenue, SE, Knoxville TN, 37915

The hearings will continue past 9:00 p.m. if necessary. Pre-registration is available online. Walk-ins will be accommodated when time allows and written comments will be accepted the hearing. The agency will consider the public’s comments in its final decision.

The need for national management criteria and regulation was emphasized by the December 2008 spill of coal ash from a surface impoundment near Kingston, Tenn. The 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. Existing surface impoundments will also require liners, with strong incentives to close these impoundments and transition to safer landfills which store coal ash in dry form. 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.

EPA has proposed two main management approaches, one of which phases out surface impoundments and moves all coal ash to landfills; the other allows coal ash to be disposed in surface impoundments, but with stricter safety criteria.

To pre-register to speak: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/industrial/special/fossil/ccr-rule/ccr-hearing.htm


More information about the proposed regulation:
http://www.epa.gov/coalashrule