Environmental groups launch Southeast coal ash map

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 11, 2012 at 1:58 pm •  Published: December 11, 2012
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"Four years after the Kingston spill, we still do not have federal regulations for coal ash and what to do with coal ash impoundment," she said Tuesday.

But advocates for recycling the coal ash say coal ash contains a trace amount of heavy metals and minerals and designating it as hazardous would hurt efforts to reuse the material. Fly ash is used in concrete, while gypsum, another byproduct created at coal burning plants, can be used in wall board.

John Ward, of the group Citizens for Recycling First, said he absolutely agrees that putting coal ash in large impoundments is not the best use for the material, but he would rather see Congress enact rules to resolve the uncertainty created by EPA's slow decision making process.

"It's in the environment's best interest to get new disposal regulations in place without that unwarranted hazardous waste disposition," Ward said.