News Releases issued by the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response
EPA Recognizes Leadership in Beneficial Uses of Industrial Materials
Release Date: 07/02/2008
Contact Information: LaTisha Petteway, (202) 564-4355 / firstname.lastname@example.org
(Washington, D.C. - July 2, 2008) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Coal Combustion Products Partnership (C2P2) is presenting 20 organizations and individuals with awards for safely increasing the use of coal combustion products. Coal combustion products are the byproducts generated from burning coal in coal-fired power plants. Some of the achievements recognized include finding new uses for coal combustion products and developing a web-based educational tool that teaches civil engineering students about the benefits and uses of these products.
“Our C2P2 partners are showing how scientific innovation and resource conservation efforts are adding up to big environmental benefits,” said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “By using 15 million tons of coal fly ash, our nation reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of nearly 2.5 million passenger vehicles.”
Using coal combustion products conserves natural resources, conserves energy, is cost effective, and helps to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our nation currently uses 43 percent of coal combustion products, up from 32 percent in 2001, when C2P2 was started. EPA’s goal is to reach a 50 percent utilization rate by 2011.
The Coal Combustion Products Partnership program has more than 170 private and public partners. C2P2 is co-sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Coal Ash Association, the Utility Solid Waste Activities Group, and the Electric Power Research Institute.
For more information about C2P2: epa.gov/c2p2/
For more information about the award winners: epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/c2p2/news.htm